Trouble Looms in Port Harcourt as Sex Hawkers Reject Plan to Hold Vigil in Hotel

Sex hawkers operating at Pedro Hotel in Azikiwe Street in Mile 2, Port Harcourt City Local government area of Rivers State Thursday protested over plan by its manager to force them to attend vigil expected to hold on Thursday night.

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It was learnt that the sex hawkers became angry with the manager when he insisted that every occupant of the hotel must join the vigil or her room would be padlocked until the vigil is over.

The manager who did not mention his name while he was shouting on the ladies said he has been shifting the date of the vigil to accommodate the ladies’ view, adding that nothing will stop him from postponing the vigil again.

He noted that the vigil was for the interest of the ladies and the business, stressing further that any lady who failed to attend the vigil will see the other side of him.

According to inquiries by The Nation from the receptionist to know the essence of the night vigil, the young girl said nobody is in support of the plan to host vigil in a brothel.

She disclosed further that the manager was approached by a pastor who now made him to believe that hosting vigil with the ladies will increase God’s blessings and prosperity on the business.

She said the ladies have made their intention clear that they are not going to attend the vigil, adding that the choice of worshipping God is in the hand of the individual which cannot be forced upon.

One of the sex hawkers, who simply gave her name as Rose, said they have talk to the manager that such plan cannot work because they are in the business which they cannot leave to attend vigil.

She said they are not against vigil because sometimes some of them worship their God and also attend night vigil when it pleases them.

Rose said: “The manager is just wasting his time, we are going to see what would happen tonight, we are here for business and not for some religious patronage. By tomorrow we are going to pay our rent because we pay him every Friday of the week.

“How do we cope to meet up with our rent? If we attend night vigil tonight is he going to allow us to stay in the rooms without payment. Another question I want to ask is that are we going to leave our customers at the room who have already paid for daybreak, so it is not going to happen.”

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Tragedy as Area Thugs Jump Fence, Gang Rape 14-year-old Girl to Death in Lagos

A 14-year-old girl, Obiamaka Ngozichukwu Orakwe, was raped to death in her parents’ apartment in Abule-Ado area of Lagos State by miscreants.

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According to Vanguard, the act was reportedly carried out by a group of miscreants, who usually hanged out in a smoking joint in the area, following the deceased’s negative response to their advances.

The incident, it was gathered, occurred last Monday, while the Junior Secondary School 3 student was alone at home. The miscreants were said to have gained entry into Orakwe’s apartment from the back of the house, scaling the fence.

They were said to have gagged her, took turns to rape her and, thereafter, abandoned her in a pool of her blood.

Obiamaka Ngozichukwu Orakwe Her distraught mother said she was contacted on phone by residents, who saw the miscreants leaving the building through the fence. Curious residents were said to have knocked several times on the gate to ascertain the miscreants’ mission, without any response from within.

On arrival, Mrs Orakwe reportedly opened the gate with a spare key, only to find her daughter in a pool of her blood in one of the rooms, gasping for breath. Mrs Orakwe said: “When I asked her what happened, she said it was those boys she had told me about. We rushed to the hospital, where she was confirmed dead.”

A relative, who spoke to Vanguard on phone, said the deceased refused to join her siblings to spend the holiday at her uncle’s place in Lekki, saying “ she would like to stay at home to assist in the house chores. “Before the incident happened, she complained that some boys, who smoke Indian hemp in the area, were making advances at her, which she turned down.

“They must have targeted when her parents usually leave for work before storming the place. She has been buried at Berger Cemetery.”

The incident, as gathered, has been reported to the Police. Police sources at the Command Headquarters hinted that investigation into the incident had commenced.

Police Seal Off PDP Secretariat in Lagos

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a new twist on Thursday, when police sealed off the party’s secretariat at Adekunle Fajuyi Way in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

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Heavily armed mobile policemen had earlier in the day taken over the secretariat as two factions are claiming leadership of the party.

Prior to the Supreme Court judgement which affirmed the leadership of the National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a faction loyal to the sacked Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff had been occupying the premises.

The faction chaired by Segun Adewale had also submitted candidates for the just concluded LG election in the state.

Following the apex court’s ruling, the state executive led by Hon. Mashood Salvador is making moves to return to the secretariat, which it earlier vacated when the Appeal Court first affirmed Sheriff’s leadership.

To prevent an imminent breakdown of law and order, the state police command took over the secretariat.

In a statement by the police spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, the command said it sealed up the secretariat “as a result of the little crisis between the two (2) leadership factions.”

“The command is using this opportunity to warn both factions to maintain peace and order in the state”, it added.

Nigeria Out Of Top 10 Most Corrupt Nations For The First Time In A Decade

 
Nigeria was not listed among the ten most corrupt countries in the rating just released by Transparency International.
 
The country had consecutively been in the top ten for over a decade.
 
Nigeria now occupies the 28th position in the latest ranking.
 
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranked 176 countries on a scale of 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).
 
In the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index released on Wednesday July 26 by the Berlin-based organisation, Somalia was ranked the most corrupt country in the world for the 10th straight year.
 
The 2016 CPI, showed that 122 of the 176 countries ranked finished with a score below 50, which Transparency International identifies as having a “serious corruption problem.”
 
Below is a list of 46 most corruption countries in the world.
 
Somalia: 10
175. South Sudan: 11
174. North Korea: 12
173. Syria: 13
170. Libya: 14
170. Sudan: 14
170. Yemen: 14
169. Afghanistan: 15
168. Guinea-Bissau: 16
166. Iraq: 17
166. Venezuela: 17
164. Angola: 18
164. Eritrea: 18
159. Burundi: 20
159. Central African Republic: 20
159. Chad: 20
159. Haiti: 20
159. Republic of Congo: 20
156. Cambodia: 21
156. Democratic Republic of Congo: 21
156. Uzbekistan: 21
154. Turkmenistan: 22
154. Zimbabwe: 22
153. Comoros: 24
151. Tajikistan: 25
151. Uganda: 25
145. Bangladesh: 26

BENUE YOUTH HANG OUT 2017

 

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt.
 
As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
 
“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” My friend was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
 
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?
 
How many of us are being held back by old, outdated beliefs that no longer serve us?
 
How many of us have avoided trying something new because of a limiting belief? Worse, how many of us are being held back by someone else’s limiting beliefs?
 
This is our Benue Our future, the past seems ugly, though, we can change it. the time is here for us to break away from the chains of untold hardship, our sufferings are overdue, We can breakaway from that elephant rope that our grand parents and uncles have tied us with,
 
Arise Benue Youth,
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.
 
Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve!
CHOOSE not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past.
 
Talk Make I Talk, Make Benue Better!

 

 

 

 

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How To Register Your Trademark Or Patent In Nigeria

A trademark is a symbol or a sign which differentiates the goods and services of one business from another one. You can register your trademark – a name, logo, slogan, domain name, shape, colour or sound with the Commercial Law department, Ministry of Trade and Investment in Nigeria.

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This can legally protect your trademark from use by a competitor. The trademark must be distinctive for the goods and services that you provide, not be deceptive, illegal or immoral and not be similar to existing trademarks

REQUIREMENTS

1. Your full name(s), nationality and physical address

2. The trademark information: The representation must be clear and distinct. If to be filed online, soft copies are to be provided in jpeg format at a minimum of 1200 dpi.

3. For goods, a full range of goods covered or proposed to be covered by the trade mark.

4. A Power of Attorney simply signed, with full particulars of name(s), address (es) and nationality of the applicant(s). Full name(s) and capacity of the signatory when applicant is a firm/company.


PROCEDURES FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADEMARKS

1. The usual market practice is to instruct a local Attorney/Agent in Nigeria, who would file and process applications at the Nigerian Registry of Trade Marks, Patents, Designs and Copyright. A Power of Attorney/Authorization of Agent Form would be completed in favor of such local Agent, as the enabling instrument to act for the principal/ Applicant.

2. After filing the application for trade mark registration, the Registrar issues an official acknowledgement reflecting the official number and filing date of the application.

3. A search is conducted so as to confirm if it is different from existing or pending registration. If the Registrar finds the trademark acceptable for registration, the applicant will be furnished with a letter/notice of acceptance.

4. Every trade mark application must be advertised in the Nigerian Trademark Journal, and is open to opposition for a period of two (2) months from the date of advertisement.

5. If no objections are received within the specified period or no objections are sustained, the Registrar will issue the applicant with a certificate of registration.

6. When issued, the Registration Certificate will have the date of initial filing of registration

7. Nigerian trade mark registrations have an initial validity of seven (7) years, and are thereafter indefinitely renewable for periods of fourteen (14) years. An application for renewal should be made not less than three (3) months from the due date.


NOTE

You can register your trademark either plainly (black and white) or in color. However, if a trademark is colored, the protection afforded is limited to that color only. If it is plain, registration affords protection to all colors of presentation of the trademark