The General Secretary of the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), Dr. Dare Ajiboye has announced the successful translation of the Holy Bible into the Kalabari and Okrika language, two local languages spoken in parts of Rivers State.
Dr. Ajiboye made this announcement at a briefing held in Rivers State.
While speaking he recounted the struggles the organization had to go through to in order to bring the work to reality.
He said: “The Kalabari Bible translation project started in 1970, but it was suspended during the Nigerian Civil War.
“The work continued until 2003 when the New Testament and Psalms were completed and dedicated while the complete Bible became ready 15 years after. In a similar development, the journey to make the Bible available in the Okrika language started in 1971.”
He further disclosed that the each of the work cost more than N40 million.
The Director and Head of National Copyright Commission (NCC) Lagos Office, Mr. Obi Ezeilo, who was present at the briefing said the organisation had “zero tolerance” for piracy and would do everything within its power to apprehend and prosecute pirates.
This comes as a warning to any person/persons who dares to pirate the new translations adding that such person will be dealt with.
He also recounted an event where an individual who had pirated copies of BSN bibles was arrested, charged and sentenced.
“In June 2013, the BSN wrote a petition to us informing us of a location in Sango-Ota where a group of people were selling their pirated copies of their Bible. That same month, we deployed our operatives to an anti-piracy operation in the area and one Anthony Okojie was arrested with 376 copies of the pirated work.
“We carried out diligent investigation, subsequently, we filed a charge in November 2013. We carried out prosecution and put up a number of witnesses in court.
“Finally, January 29, 2018, Justice Kurya passed a judgment and sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment without an option of fine,” He said.