P.M. News (Lagos)

31 December 1999

Nigeria: Obasanjo Advises Charly Boy

Lagos — President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo has advised Charles Oputa a.k.a. Charly Boy to sue the Management of Nigeria Television Authority, NTA over an alleged infringement on his copyright.

This advice was given by the president when Charly Boy paid him a visit at the Abuja seat of government to complain about how the management of NTA licensed the telecast of his programme (Charly Boy Show) to Multi-choice Nigeria Limited and other stations without his consent.

P.M. Showworld gathered that during the meeting, Charly Boy told the President how Nigerian artistes have been suffering over the issue of copyright infringements by both the government-owned and private-owned electronic media.

P.M. Showworld further gathered that rather than the president making a policy statement on the issue, he advised Charly Boy or any other artistes whose work has been used illegally by any government or private station to go to court to seek redress.

The president was quoted to have said that "this is a democratic set-up, and since the NTA is a legal entity, despite being a government establishment, it can sue and be sued. So go to court and seek redress."

Speaking with P.M. Showworld on the issue, Charly Boy said "NTA gave the right of my programme (the Charly Boy Show) to Multi-choice Nigeria Limited without my consent and all my efforts to make the management of the NTA see reason have failed. I decided to seek redress through the President."

Charley Boy revealed that he has instructed his lawyer, Chief Bankole Shodipo, to go to court on the issue. "Since this is from the president's mouth, people I will not call me a trouble-maker," he said.

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