2face Petitions Nigeria Copyright Commission over COSON Crisis

Apr 17, 2018 |

2face Idibia has petitioned the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) concerning the ongoing crisis rocking the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSCON), a collective management society for musical works and sound recordings.

This is coming after his manager, Efe Omorogbe was arrested in connection to the crisis.

The statement reads:

“It is quite unfortunate and disheartening that a simple call for accountability and transparency has degenerated into relentless media attack, harassment and intimidation of the group of people who made the call.

“The personal interest of a few should not supersede the collective interest of generality of members and overall well being of the society.

“I will like to implore you to use your good office to engage the Inspector General of Police with a view to setting the records straight and reversing the embarrassing and dangerous scenario where Mr Efe Omorogbe and Mr Joel Ajayi, chairman and members of the commission-recognised board acting well under the directive of the regulator, are now being harassed, intimidated, demonised and prosecuted by a sister government agency – The Nigerian Police Force.

“COSON is formed and built by the collective efforts of like-minded industry stalwarts, and it will be a shame to see all of the hard work that has gone into building the society, go down the drain.

“Our CMO is under siege and our commonwealth is threatened by Chief Tony Okoroji and his agents who for personal ends, continue to demonstrate deep contempt for regulation and the call for accountability.”

Omorogbe, 47, well known in the music industry for managing one of Nigeria and Africa’s leading hip-pop star, Tuface Idibia, was arrested alongside Mr. Joel Ajayi, 61 on Wednesday, April 4 and arraigned on Thursday, April 5 before Chief Magistrate O. O. Oshin. They are standing trial on a three-count charge of forgery, use of a false document and breach of peace.

According to the Prosecuting Officer, Sergeant Friday Mameh, the defendants (Omorogbe and others) had stormed the meeting of venue of the COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, at No. 41, Oluwaleyimu Street, Ikeja, Lagos, with thugs on December 7, 2017 and conducted themselves likely to cause breach of peace.

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