Cable Company operators urge EFCC to release detained workers

The Association of Cable Operators of Nigeria has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to release nine of its employees arrested by the anti-corruption body on Saturday.

The ACON National Chairman, Kunle Afolabi, who made the call  in an interview with reporters on Tuesday,  alleged that some EFCC officers  raided CAN TV, Metro TV and CTL offices in Port Harcourt, destroying  their equipment and arresting nine employees.

Afolabi also alleged that the raid was instigated  by a South African subscription collecting firm.

He  lamented  that  CAN TV, CTL and Metro TV employees had been  in detention  for  four days.

Describing their  detention as illegal, the ACON chairman pointed out that the action of the EFCC must have been carried out in error.

He said the raid was based on the complaint that they (ACON) were running satellite television illegally, but insisted that they were only operating cable television (Multipoint Microwave Distribution System).

But the EFCC  said in a statement they arrested five suspected fake satellite television operators, identifying the suspects as Davidson Onuoha, Emeka Samuel, Eze Amadi, Terkura Verinica and Evangelist Alex Umanah.

“Their arrest followed several weeks of intense intelligence on the suspects, their residences and operations by our operatives. The suspects were allegedly rebroadcasting the content of the Digital Satellite Television illegally in their companies,” the statement  by spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren,   said.

The statement added,  “Items recovered from the suspects are GOTV decoders, StarTimes decoders, a DSTV decoder, Free to Air Decoder (Strong), Consat decoder and one direct decoder. Others are Encoder, Switches, Central Processing Units and monitors.”

It added that the suspects would be charged when investigations  had been  concluded.

Port Harcourt’s Zonal Head of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, however, cautioned the  public to be wary of the activities of illegal satellite operators.(Punch)

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