In his judgment in the suit filed by the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) Limited, seeking to stop MCSN from operating as a CMO, Justice Buba stated that MCSN was validly authorised by the NCC to collect royalties on behalf of artists.
The court equally maintained that the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), lawfully directed the NCC to withdraw the cases it filed against the MCSN.
The judge, therefore, dismissed for want of merit, COSON's entire suit against the first defendant MCSN, second defendant NCC and the third defendant, the AGF.
Justice Buba also stated that he would report counsel to MCSN, Romeo Eze Michael, to the Legal Practitioners' Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), for alleged gross abuse of court process.
Oguguo said COSON and NCC were surprised that in, 'early 2017, the AGF, in a strange letter, directed the NCC to approve MCSN as a collecting society to collect copyright royalties for the Nigerian music industry' stating further that, 'the NCC replied Malami giving him several reasons, clearly showing that what he was asking the commission to do is dangerous and unlawful'.
The NCC objections did not stop the AGF, but in a strongly worded letter dated 22nd March, 2017, Malami ordered the NCC, despite the strong protestations, not only to immediately license MCSN, but to withdraw every case filed by the commission against MCSN, including the seven criminal cases at the Federal High Court before Justice Mojisola Olateregun Ishola, Justice Babatunde Kwewumi and Justice Abdulazeez Anka'.