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Nigeria: Bookseller Imprisoned for Pirating Copies of the Bible

The Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has sentenced a trader, Mr. Chinonso Ugochukwu, to one year imprisonment for pirating the Holy Bible and other books. Ugochukwu was found guilty on two-count charge, bordering "on pirating, being in possession and offering for sale, 578 copies of various literary works including the Holy Bible (Revised Standard version)".

Chinonso Ugochukwu, to one year imprisonment for pirating the Holy Bible and other books.Ugochukwu was found guilty on two-count charge, bordering "on pirating, being in possession and offering for sale, 578 copies of various literary works including the Holy Bible (Revised Standard version)".Also testifying during the trial, a staff of the Bible Society of Nigeria, Oluwafemi Akindele, told the Court that his office translates the Holy Bible, typesets it and sources for funds to publish it.Riman, that the Commission received complaints from copyright owners including the Bible Society of Nigeria, alleging that their literary works were being pirated.

As a result, they embarked on a search in several local government areas of the State, and that it was during the search that several copies of pirated literary works were found in Ugochukwu's shop located at No 17 Grace Bill Road, Eket, in Akwa Ibom State.26 January 2021 p The Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has sentenced a trader, Mr.

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