A suspected notorious forgery and piracy syndicate that specialized in theft of intellectual property, unauthorised printing and sales of government approved books, has been bursted by the police in Lagos.
The syndicate allegedly led by a middle aged woman, identified as Mrs Oluwole Ajibola, who also is a Director of OMACS Bookshop and Stationeries, with its head office located at No’s 7,8, and 9 Olanso Guest House, Iyana Ipaja Round About, Lagos, is said to have operated for years undetected, allegedly denying authors of income from their patent Rights.
The suspect and a member of the syndicate named Idowu, were arrested at Iyana Ipaja and Oke – odo areas of Lagos last week, by operatives from the X- squad of the Lagos state Police Command, led by one inspector Richard.
Credible Police source revealed that thousands of pirated copies of different books and various authors meant for 2017 to 2020 curriculum were confiscated from a hidden warehouse located poles away from OMACS bookshop, while hundreds of other forged primary, secondary and tertiary institution text books were said to have been recovered from OMACs head office and another sales depot at Oke- odo, operated by the said Idowu.
Trouble was said to have started for the syndicate, when a Lagos based Author, Mr TED Osondu and his publishing firm, Liferace books, petitioned the state Commissioner of Police on October 22nd, 2018, detailing the alleged Criminal activities of the syndicate.
Osomdu in his petition, pleaded with the CP to rescue him from the menace of the syndicate, stating specifically that he has lost over sixty seven million (N67,000,000) and denied of his livelihood by their nefarious activities.
His words; “Activities of these criminal elements have rendered us financially useless and have thrown us into huge debts and have brought us much distress, as we watched them carry on their nefarious activities with impunity as if nobody could do anything to them.
Moreso, we can no longer sell the original copies we have printed as the pirated fake copies have flooded the market”
The author who informed the CP that his companies preliminary investigations indicated that his new book “Sound of Alcohol” approved for JSS 3 students by the Lagos state Curriculum services department, was hijacked and pirated by the CEO of OMAS Bookshop and Stationaries, Asiwaju Oluwale Ajibola, Idowu and one Segun, now on the run.
While collaborating his allegations, he was said to have forwarded addresses of some of the suspects, copies of the original and pirated books and attached receipt of purchases he deliberately made from OMACS bookshop.
Our correspondent gathered that Mrs Ajibola had made a confessional statement that exposed some of his syndicate members in Ajegunle part of Lagos.
It was further gathered that as a result of the arrest of some members of the piracy syndicate, copies of the pirated copies of the books “Sound of Alcohol” have disappeared from the notorious Boundary market, Ajegunle, known for sales of pirated books.
Text massage sent to the Lagos State Police Command Image maker, CSP Chike Oti, was not replied as at press time.