LAW FIRM ACCUSES FG OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS

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On the 27th of June 2022, a letter was written to President Muhammadu Buhari titled ‘Unlawful Infringement of Copyright to The Tune of N20 Trillion.’ The letter was signed by M.O Abass, and copies of the letter were sent to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.The Director Regulatory Department, Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) also got a copy. Rotimi Akomolafe & Co. Law Firm accused the Federal Government of copyright infringements of the healthcare premium generating strategy, developed by Rotimi Olayiwola Inyang, who is a Nigerian youth. The federal government used his strategy without authorisation.

In Rotimi Olayiwola Inyang’s personal petition, he wrote that he is not a lazy Nigerian youth, but he is being defrauded, frustrated, and ruined in high measures by the government of Nigeria. The content of the letter written to the President is written below:

“Based on the advertisement and nationwide broadcast of the Vice President on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria particularly via the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) broadcast of March 6, 2019, to the effect that the federal government welcomes ideas capable of generating more fund towards health care premium generating strategy towards the unconditional enjoyment of good health care delivery by all citizens in Nigeria to minimise the mortality rate in Nigeria estimated at two million people’s premature death per year in Nigeria.

“Pursuant to the above said presidential broadcast, our client swung into action and came up with a lucid elegant, and thought-provoking write-up titled, “Compendium of Insurance Initiative which its contents involve but are not limited to “the convenient Health care premium generating strategy towards the unconditional enjoyment of good Health Care Delivery by all Nigeria citizens in Nigeria. Further to authenticate his authorship of the works, our Client submitted his works to Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC). Consequently, on the 11th day of June 2019, the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) issued him a copyright Registration Certificate, in honour of his copyright transfer of 14th May 2019 with Registration Number LW4363.

“It might interest your Excellency that the compendium in question runs up to V (five) volumes; and to the amazement and utter chagrin of our client, Your Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces without authorisation has brazenly infringed on volume III of the said copyrighted works, and in fact, used same.”

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