NCC Files Criminal Charges Against Tony Okoroji Led COSON Board
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has accused the Tony Okoroji led faction of the Copyright Society of Nigeria of illegally demanding and collecting royalties on behalf of musicians.
According to a statement by the NCC, the accused persons were dragged to court for ‘engaging in the business of negotiating and granting licenses on behalf of Copyright owners without the approval of the Commission and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 39 (4) (5) and (6) of the Copyright ACI Cap C 28 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.'
In the charge with No FHC/L/338C/18 filed on October 8 2018, at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, the accused persons which include Tony Okoroji, Chinedu Chukwuji, Bernice Eremieghe, and Miss Anne Okomi were alleged to have performed the duties of a collecting society by demanding and collecting royalties from Noah’s Ark of 9 Sowemimo Street, GRA, Ikeja Lagos.
The NCC had earlier in April 30th, 2018, suspended the license of COSON as it was carrying out investigations into the long crisis in the governing board of COSON, with the Tony Okorji and Efe Omorogbe led boards, each claiming to be the authentic board of the commission.
See copy of the Charge Sheet below:
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