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Trade Mark Controversy:Court Refuses Coca-Cola Prayers

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Coca-Cola brand

 

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

A federal high court sitting in Kano, Tuesday dismissed the Interlocutory Application filed by the manufacturers of Coca Cola brand requesting the court to stop Pop Cola brand from carrying out commercial activities in Nigeria.

Coca Cola in an interlocutory application had prayed the court for its order restraining the respondents from further using the systematic ribbon devise presently been displayed on Pop Cola beverage products.

The plaintiff applicant through its counsel, Mark Emordi , SAN further prayed for an order of the court to stop Pop Cola from advertising and displaying of its good that are similar to Coca Cola.

Further in their prayers, Coca Cola prayed that the court should order Pop Cola to stop using the strip on their beverage products , for sales and advert purposes. arguing the act is infringing on the trade mark of Coca Cola.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mark Emordi , SAN told the court that Coca Cola has invested hugely in building a brand name that enjoys global good will.

He further stated that, if the court should allow Pop Cola to continue to trade its products in the Nigerian market , its trade activities would amount to an irreparable damage to Coca Cola brand.

 

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The plaintiff submitted that Pop Cola has caused confusion among consumers through the use of similar systematic ribbon been used by Coca Cola, adding that the act amounts to an infringement and causing disillusion and needed to be restrained, pending the determination of the substantive matter.

The defendant respondent filed a response through, Offiong Offiong , SAN, dismissing the claims to legal rights been alluded to the matter by the respondents.

Offiong argued that the issues between Coca Cola and Pop Cola is purely a matter of trade dispute, adding that the plaintiff applicant have failed to prove the laid claims of an infringement on it’s legal rights .

 

The court in its ruling stated that, Coca Cola in the application for an interlocutory order of the court has failed to show the ingredients for balance of convenience.

The court presided by Hon Justice Nasir Yunus further in the ruling, stated that the plaintiff applicant could not establish that irreparable damages will occur, if the court failed to restrain Pop Cola from carrying out its trade, noting that the issue before the court for determination does not revolve around perishable goods.

The court refused to grant the application by Coca Cola, stressing that, Coca Cola failed to lay down issues that conform with the conditions that are needed to be fulfilled to obtain such orders that were prayed to the court.

The court said that, it is of the position that the matter should be to exhausted through an accelerated hearing and so ordered .

The matter is adjourned to 25th April, for hearing.

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Kawu appoints Ashiru Kachako, Abbas Adam as media assistants

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Kawu Sumaila

 

Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, the Senatorial Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for Kano South, Rt. Hon. Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has appointed two aides, who will manage his media activities for the campaign period.

Kawu appointed Ashiru Shehu Kachako, a veteran journalist with years of experience, as his Senior Special Assistant 1 on Media and Abbas Adam Abbas, a young and vibrant journalist, as Special Assistant 2 on Media.

In a statement he personally signed in Kano on Saturday, Kawu said the two newly appointed media aides are expected to bring on board their wealth of experience acquired over the years in their new responsibilities.

“I am highly pleased to announce Ashiru Shehu Kachako and Abbas Adam Abbas as my SSA 1 and SA 2 on Media. I have known the duo as core professionals who have carved a niche for themselves in the media industry.

“I have absolute confidence in their ability and capacity to pilot the media affairs of my campaign in the next couple of months as the 2023 general elections approach,” Kawu said in the statement.

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Ashiru Shehu Kachako was until his appointment, the Head of Marketing of the Sunnah TV, Abuja. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the Kano-based Zuma Jaridar Hausa and the Head of News and Production of DTV Online. Kachako also worked as the Head of Religious Unit, Editor and Acting Head of Programmes of the Vision FM, Kano from 2019 to 2020 and served in the same position at Freedom Radio, Dutse, Jigawa State between 2007 and 2019. A teacher at the Nasarawa Nursery and Primary School, Kachako from 2005 to 2006, Ashiru Kachako was also the secretary of Kachako Islamic Medical and Engineering Centre from 2004 to 2007.

Born in 1973, Ashiru Kachako holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Office Technology and Management, Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Kano State Polytechnic. He also holds PGD in Mass Communication from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is currently studying for his Masters in Communication Studies at the Bayero University, Kano.

The new Special Assistant on Media 2, Abbas Adam Abbas, is a broadcast journalist with Nasara Radio, Kano. A multi-task journalist, Abbas is a graduate of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, where he bagged BSc in Microbiology.

 

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Police Exhumed Corpse Of Baby Buried Alive,Arrests Suspects

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25 year old Dankwairo,one of the suspect

 

Police in Jigawa state have exhumed the corpse of a new born baby buried alive in Kiyawa local government Jigawa state.

Spokesman of the command DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam confirmed the incident in a statement issued to newsmen.

He said the incident happened on 02/12/2022, at about 2350hrs after a 30 year old Balaraba Shehu of Tsurma village in Kiyawa LGA is suspected to have given birth and buried the new born baby.

Shiisu said after police received the report, a team of Policemen were mobilized and proceeded to the scene of crime.

He said on arrival, detectives swung into action and exhumed the new born baby buried in the toilet.

Shiisu said the suspect was arrested and the baby was rushed to General Hospital Dutse, and certified dead by Medical Doctor.

He explained that preliminary Investigation led to the arrest of 25 years old man Amadu Sale alias Dan kwairo of Akar village in Kiyawa LGA who was alleged to be responsible for the unwanted pregnancy.

The suspects however conspired and buried the baby after delivery.

The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, CP Emmanuel Ekot Effiom however directed that, the case should be transfered to SCID Dutse, for discreet Investigation.

The suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

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Tambari TV appoints Shawai as new MD/ Chief Operating Officer

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The board of Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd , the owners of Tambarin Hausa Television has appointed Ibrahim Sani Shawai as its new Managing Director/ Chief Operating Officer.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the board and Founder of the broadcasting outfit, Alhaji Ibrahim Makama.

Shawai who had within the last three and half years served as the image maker for Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) will now resume duties at his new office on Jan 1, 2023.

At his new organization, Shawai is expected to manage the daily business operations of the company, working closely with heads of department and provide support for the day-to-day activity of employees of Tambarin Hausa Television.

He will also strategize as well as implement policies in Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd towards promoting the organization’s culture and vision while overseeing operations to keep the business aspect of the company on track and in its right perspectives.

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The station Tambarin Hausa TV “Amon Gaskiya” is the first international TV station in Nigeria that broadcast in Hausa Language.

The station provides news updates on hourly basis with variety of rich programs to the delight of its audience as well as keeping the general public well informed.

Shawai, a Kano-born trained journalist and communication strategist, had worked with several National and International world class organizations where he was able to acquire enormous wealth of experiences.

According to the Board chairman, Shawai has become an asset to any organisation in view of his vast knowledge of the media, socio- economic and political structure of not just Nigeria but African and European continents.

In summary, Shawai, from being a freelance Journalist became a broadcaster, a producer, Editor, public relations consultant and then a manager in the field of communication.

 

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