Toyin Abraham Reveals Experiencing Panic Attack Due to Piracy of ‘Malaika’

Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham revealed on Tuesday that the piracy of her film had led to her experiencing panic attacks and being hospitalized on multiple occasions.

Addressing the media in Lagos, Abraham discussed the arrest of five suspects by the police in connection to the pirated movie ‘Malaika,’ which incurred a production cost of N500 million, according to the actress.

Abraham, actively engaged in combating piracy, praised the police, particularly AIG IG Idowu Owohunwa, for translating their promises into action by apprehending the suspects

Earlier, the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos, announced the apprehension of five suspects, including two women, in connection with the alleged piracy of the movie.

The department’s spokesperson, ASP Aminat Mayegun, presented the suspects to the media at the FCID, Alagbon, Lagos.

Mayegun explained that the suspects were implicated in a range of offenses, including conspiracy, infringement on intellectual property, piracy, and cyber-related crimes related to the unauthorized use of cyberspace to distribute the movie.

She revealed that a criminal complaint was filed on Thursday by Toyin Abraham and Seun Olayemi, co-producers of ‘Malaika.’ The complainants asserted that certain individuals had criminally pirated their recent movie, initially released for cinema viewing only on December 21, 2023.

Mayegun detailed the allegations, stating that the movie was unlawfully accessed, uploaded to a website, and a streaming web link was created for global social media followers to freely watch the movie. The complainants accused the suspects of infringing on their intellectual rights, denying them movie profits while illicitly profiting from it.

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She added that a joint investigation involving the Special Investigation Units of the Anti-Fraud and Cybercrime Sections of the Department was initiated after receiving the petition. The FCID deployed its unique intelligence and cybercrime assets, leading to the arrest of the suspects through coordinated actions and further detective work.

Mayegun highlighted AIG Idowu Owohunwa’s commitment, the head of FCID Alagbon, to continue collaborating with the movie industry and the Nigerian Copyright Commission in efforts to eliminate criminal elements in the space.

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