The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), on Thursday, called for the immediate resignation of the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr John Ohireme Asein.
Chief Tony Okoroji, the COSON Chairman, made the call at a World Press Conference which held at the COSON House, Ikeja, Lagos.
Okoroji, while deliberating on the issue, insisted that if Mr Asein fails to resign, the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi Esan, the Chairman, ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay, would ensure that he is suspended from office, properly investigated and prosecuted so that President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption stand is not seen as a joke.
“if these Nigerians fail to take the action which is their duty to take, we have lawyers who are ready to obtain the necessary fiat to forcefully prosecute Mr. Asein,” Okoroji stated.
In his address, the COSON chairman noted that ever since the NCC was established, it has had bad and weak leadership.
“Unfortunately, rather than fight piracy of Nigerian creative works and other types of copyright infringement for which the organization was set up, it is the strongly held opinion of COSON that the NCC has become a den of thieves and the crucible of scams.
“The interest of the NCC leadership appears to be to grab all “grab-ables” from everywhere which is why they descended ferociously on COSON.
“In January 2019, when it was announced that John Ohireime Asein was appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, many hoped that the fortunes of the NCC would change and the instability in the organization will come to an end. Unfortunately, that hope has been dashed,” Okoroji said.
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