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  • Updated: January 16, 2024

Arrests made in connection with piracy of 'A Tribe Called Judah', 'Malaika'

Arrests made in connection with piracy of 'A Tribe Called Ju

A Tribe Called Judah

Police officers from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) in Alagbon, Lagos, have successfully dismantled a syndicate involved in the piracy of two recently released movies, namely "A Tribe Called Judah" by Funke Akindele and "Malaika" by Toyin Abraham.

The apprehende to can wed suspects include Kehinde Iyanda, an employee of a new generation bank, a woman, her son, his girlfriend, and others. Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Idowu Owohunwa, revealed the details on Tuesday.

AIG Owohunwa explained, "FCID (Annex), Lagos has in recent weeks investigated and successfully cracked a number of high-profile criminal cases, some of which are of public and internal security interest."

The investigation was triggered by a criminal complaint filed on January 11, 2024, by Toyin Abraham and Seun Olayemi, co-producers of the movie "Malaika." The complainants alleged that Kehinde Iyanda and others criminally pirated their movie, which was originally released for cinema viewing on December 21, 2023.

The suspects were accused of unlawfully accessing the movie, uploading it on their website, and creating a streaming weblink for global viewers, infringing on the filmmakers' intellectual property rights and depriving them of rightful profits.

A joint investigation, involving the Special Investigation Units of the Anti-Fraud and Cybercrime Sections of the FCID, was launched. AIG Owohunwa highlighted that through intelligence and cybercrime assets, the websites responsible for the piracy were traced to Kehinde Iyanda and Adekunle Segun.

Kehinde Iyanda, identified as the principal suspect, was apprehended, and a search warrant executed at his residence led to the recovery of a laptop, two phones, and business registration certificates linked to his illegal activities.

During the investigation, Kehinde Iyanda implicated Sodiq Adebiyi as the designer of the piracy website and the provider of technical support. He admitted to using the website to pirate multiple movies, including "Malaika."

Adebiyi Sodiq, who owns and operates the website www.36vibes.com.ng, was subsequently arrested in Osogbo, Osun State. Detectives also arrested Adebiyi Sodiq's mother, Adebiyi Suliat, who attempted to conceal the laptop used in the crime.

In addition, Agboola Sadiat Motunrayo, the girlfriend of Adebiyi Sodiq, was arrested for obstructing police investigations by providing information about police actions directed at apprehending Sodiq Oseni Akano, another suspect. Plans are underway to declare Sodiq Oseni Akano wanted if he fails to surrender voluntarily.

Adekunle Segun, the owner of the website www.naijajoy.com.ng, was arrested in Sango Ota, Ogun State. He confessed to pirating and unlawfully uploading the "Malaika" movie and other Nigerian movies on his website.

All the arrested individuals will face prosecution for their involvement in the piracy network.

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