A former director of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Africa’s fastest-growing collective management society for musical works and sound recordings, Efe Omorogbe says he will “gladly spend a year in jail for the good of COSON”.
ALEDEH recalls that the 47-year-old Omorogbe was arrested on Wednesday, April 4 and arraigned on Thursday, April 5 before Magistrate O.O.Oshin of Igbosere Magistrate 1 on a four-count charge of forgery, fraud, falsification of documents with the intent to defraud and having conducted himself alongside others at large to “commit a breach of peace, stormed the meeting of venue of the COSON Chairman”.
The offence committed by Omorogbe according to the court documents sighted by ALEDEH is punishable under section 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
Omorogbe however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of two-hundred and fifty thousand naira (N250,000). The matter was adjourned for hearing May 17, 2018.
Reacting to the development in an interview with GoldmyneTV, Omorogbe said: “It is true I was detained; I and Mr. Joel Ajayi were arranged on Thursday. Our lawyers secured our bails and the case was adjourned. We will release a statement very soon after consulting with the rest of our people. If in the course of fighting for the good of COSON, I have to spend a year in jail, I will gladly do so. Ex-president Olusegun Obansajo was jailed and the late Madela was in jail for 27 years. So being jailed doesn’t change the fact that right is right and wrong is wrong.”
Omorogbe added that: “The arrest is not entirely right, but Okoroji will do everything possible to avoid being questioned. He is running havoc; he is doing whatever he likes. When people are desperate to hide the truth, they adopt all kinds of strategies. COSON is a public institution and it should be audited. That is a simple request or demand. If he claims his hands are clean and he has not done anything wrong, he should be the one calling for an audit. If I run an institution and there is an allegation of misdeed against me, I will be the first person to insist on an independent audit to clear my name.”