The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Port Harcourt zonal office have arrested five suspected fake satellite television operatives in the state.
The suspects Davidson Onuoha, Emeka Samuel, Eze Francis Sunny Amadi, Terkura Zungwem Veronica and Evangelist Alex Umanah were arrested in a simultaneous raid of their companies on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at three different locations in Port Harcourt.
Their arrest followed several weeks of intense intelligence on the suspects, their residences and operations by operatives of the EFCC.
The suspects were allegedly rebroadcasting content of the Digital Satellite Television illegally in their companies, all in Port Harcourt. The companies are CANTV at Aba Road, METROTV at Rivers State television complex, Eagle avenue, Iriebe, and Cable Trends Limited at Eleme Junction.
Items recovered from the suspects include GOTV decoders; Star times decoders; DSTV decoder; Free to Air decoder, Consat decoder and one direct decoder. Others are encoder, switches, central processing units and monitors.
The suspects would be charged to court when investigations are concluded. Port Harcourt’s Zonal Head of the EFCC,
EFCC spoke person, Abdulrasheed Bawa cautioned the general public to be wary of the operations of illegal satellite operators stressing that there are rising cases of such activities across the country.