Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has asked the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba, to direct his Deputy Inspector General of Police (FCID), Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, not to undermine an appeal filed against two Chinese citizens, Gaoxi Ong and Chen Xiao Ming, by an indigenous importer Madumere Ugochukwu based in Alaba market Lagos. The product at issue is an AKT electric bulb.
HURIWA said it was informed by credible court officials in Abuja that a now-retired judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had issued an injunction ordering the confiscation of inferior brand of products allegedly imported into Nigeria by Chinese nationals, which allegedly violated the Indigenous importer’s existing trademark ownership, but the same judge just before he retired overturned his own injunction, forcing the Nigerian businessman to immigrate.
The group stated that it has already decided to petition the Foreign Affairs Ministry to intervene because Chinese nationals used China customs to destroy products intended for the Alaba market from China under the verified trademark ownership of the Indigenous businessman whose right to distribute the products in Nigerian markets has been sabotaged by the Chinese, just as the matter, according to the Rights group, dovetails into a brazen attempt by Chinese businessmen. The case has been assigned the case number CA/ABJ/PRE/ROA/CV/80IMI/2022. The number one respondent is the Inspector General of Police.
In particular, the Nigerian businessman who allegedly owns the actual trademark stated in the AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL: “I Madumere Ugochukwu, Male Adult, Christian, Nigerian Citizen of NO. 14, Aba Close, Area 8, Garki, Abuja do swear oath and state as follows:
HURIWA, through its National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, has announced that it will storm the Chinese Embassy tomorrow with a petition challenging the infractions committed by the Chinese Customs service against a Nigerian businessman who allegedly has the authentic trademark to umpire the products made in China.
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