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Three nabbed for producing, selling govt emblems

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APSON, standards activist condemn piracy

THREE persons were last week, arrested by the police and handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for illegal printing and sale of emblems in Nkpor.

  National Light gathered that the men were arrested following a tip off by members of Anti-Piracy Society of Nigeria (APSON), who saw them selling emblems of different sorts with the logo and name of Anambra State Government in Nkpor.

Although the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), when contacted told our reporter that he was yet to receive any information on the matter, a reliable source from the CID who does not want his name to be mentioned confirmed the arrest and release of the suspects, saying that investigation is still on.

Activists and pro-standards campaigners have condemned the action of the arrested persons, noting that their activity which has the potential of encouraging pirates and production of uncertified and sub-standard items cal also make a mess of the IGR of Anambra state government.

Director-general, Anti-Piracy Society of Nigeria (APSON), Frank Uduonu, in an interview in his office in Awka, narrated how three other suspects were arrested recently in Onitsha.

According to him, “We were on a sensitisation visit in Onitsha recently and on the cause of our rally, we saw some people selling emblems of different sorts with the logo and name of the state government on it.

“When we finished our rally, we sent our men to do some investigations after which we found out that all manner of printed materials are being sold.

“Knowing full well that the governor of the state, Willie Obiano has actually warned and banned them, we made efforts to get some of the sold items as evidence which we took to the police (Anti-Piracy department).

“The police took action, went to the location and made some arrests before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) took up the case. We are following the matter up presently”.

Uduonu, who frowned at the activities of the boot leggers added,“everybody in Anambra knows that the government is against this act. There should be some proactive measures that should be taken by the police.

The Anti-Piracy boss who expressed shock over the release of the suspects who were caught by his men, saying that more needed to be done in order to end these unlawful acts.

Throwing more light on the duty and function of APSON, Uduonu said “We encourage originality and creativity in all phases of life. Anything that has to do with intellectual property, we are here to guide it.

He further disclosed that in two weeks time, the organization will organize training for 21 members who will be spread to each of the 21 local government area after which grassroots sensitization will commence.

“We will take the campaign to markets, churches and other gathering. Our main aim is to let each household know about piracy and counterfeit. We want parents to teach their children, schools to teach their students so that our people can grow and become conscious of their environment which will enable them make better choices.

Through educating and sensitization, people will know that these things are bad and when they stop patronizing fake products, the business will fold.

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