Chris Steven, Abuja
For illegally broadcasting signals of Multichoice Nigeria Limited, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  (EFCC) Benin  Zonal office, has arrested eight  officials of pay television operators, Communication Trends Limited ( CTL), JAO TV and Worldlink

The Commission in a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, its spokesperson, said the operators allegedly broadcast the English Premier League (EPL) matches and other content on their network,  to the detriment of Multichoice Nigeria which acquired the rights to broadcast the content.

Uwujaren explained that they were arrested at their respective locations in Edo and Delta states  through intelligence and the support of officials of Multichoice.
Those arrested are Faith Ohawe, Tochukwu Nwosu, Nzemere Chika, Joshua Egboyen and Ogujor Franklin. Others Ebuaka Lola, Esekhaige Victor and Kenedy Uduobor

The pay TV operators allegedly  charged the public between  N2500 to  N3000 as monthly subscriptions.

Items recovered from the suspects at the time of their arrest include,  2 ADC Telecommunication Amplifier; Seven IRD – 2900 decoders; Three DMP – 900 decoders; Three Starting decoders; Three UMH 260 Encoders; Seven Gotv decoders; Five Strong decoders; One HP Laptop computer and its charger; One CPU;  One C-Sat, C8pro decoder ;  Two BEIN decoders and it’s remote control; Three Trendop decodes ; One Canal decoder ; One CID 3100 decoder; Two DVB Modulator;  CTL Antenna; Nexgo POS Machine issued by Zenith bank; One Cole 518E 8cH encod7er; one integrated recover decoder, UMH 150; 13 No degital encoders, Jiehao multiplexer; Four DSTV decoders; Six Gotv decoders ; Two Starting decodes; Six Strong decoders  and Others

They suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed, Uwujaren said.

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