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Man bust for illegal Multichoice beaming

28 August 2013, 07:30

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a Kano man for allegedly broadcasting satellite television services to Nigeria and other countries in the region.

Members of the commission discovered 100 decoders and other computer gadgets from his server room during a search on his apartment.

EFCC identified the suspect as Tope Ajayi, whose age was not given.

He is also alleged to be engaged in the illegal importation, selling and distribution of pirate devices popularly known as Dungle, which enables subscribers to have free access to Multichoice satellite signals across West and Central Africa.

He is alleged to have a server that links up with a server in China and an unknown Internet Service Provider (ISP) somewhere in Europe or the United State of America.

According to Frikkie Jonker, Senior Anti-Piracy Manager, Multichoice, Ajayi's server is considered strong as it controls its counterpart server in China and distributes satellite signals to a number of West African and Central African countries including Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya Uganda and Benin Republic.

He said the suspect had been extracting control words from Multichoice cards in Nigeria and sending to a server in China which is connected to an Internet Service Provider server placed in Europe or America.

Jonker expressed gratitude to the EFCC for the arrest, describing the scam as one of the biggest in recent times.

EFCC said the suspect will be arraigned in court when ongoing investigations are concluded.

- CAJ News


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