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Provider of intellectual property annuity renewal services, related recordal, validation, data verification and filing, as well as other legal process outsourcing services. The company manages a sizeable portfolio of intellectual property filings (IP) on behalf of blue-chip customers in the chemical, pharma and medical device, automotive, food, consumer, and general industrial sectors. The company provides its services in partnership with a global network of local and national IP law firms that have a presence or reach in virtually all IP jurisdictions worldwide. [Keywords: patent, trademark]

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UK Parliament distances self from MP who accused Gowon of looting CBN

Dec 26, 2020

December 26, 2020 The United Kingdom has distanced itself from a member of its parliament, Tom Tugendhat, who accused former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), of looting Nigeria’s money and stashing them in the UK. During a Westminster Hall debate on November 23, Tugendhat had accused Gowon of “looting half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)” while he was the Head of State. “Some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half of the Central Bank, so it is said, and moved to London,” Tugendhat had said. However, a pan-Igbo group, Igbo for a Progressive Nigeria (IPAN), sent a petition to the British Parliament on November 29, seeking clarification and thorough investigation into Tugendhat’s allegation against Gowon. The petitioned signed by IPAN’s National President, Lawrence Onuzulike read: “I am writing on behalf of millions of patriotic Nigerians to voice our concerns on a pronouncement made by the British parliament. “We are made to believe, from information on your website, that we should get a response to this letter within 20 days. “Recently, at the UK parliament committee debate on a petition on the Nigeria’s #EndSARS crisis, Tom Tugendhat, a member of the United Kingdom Parliament, had accused Yakubu Gowon, a former Nigerian military Head of State who ruled Nigeria from 1966 to 1975, of looting half of the Central Bank of Nigeria . “Back home, millions of Nigerians are taking this allegation very seriously, and for that, we’re calling for a proof. We, Nigerians, are seeking a proof of the allegation that Mr Gowon looted half of the Nigeria’s Central Bank because we want to hold him accountable. “In a case where there’s no proof, then we ask that Mr Tom Tugendhat immediately offer unreserved apology to both Nigeria and Nigerians. “We, Nigerians, have passed through a lot in the past few months and the least we need at the moment are inciting statements and words that cause division. “I hope to get a response soon which I’ll diligently pass back to Nigerians who knew of this my letter of complaint to the British Parliament.” In replying IPAN’s petition in a letter dated December 21, and signed by a member of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Nigeria Unit, the UK Parliament disclosed that Tugendhat made the statement in his own personal capacity, and not for the British Parliament or United Kingdom. The letter read in part: “Thank you for your email of 29 November to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office about the debate on Nigeria. “I am replying as a member of the FCDO Nigeria Unit. I recognise there is concern about the comments made by Tom Tugendhat (MP) about former Nigerian Head of State, General Gowon, during the Westminster Hall debate on 23 November. “I would like to clarify that Mr Tugendhat was speaking in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the UK Government. “The High Commissioner has written to the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama , as well as to General Gowon, to reiterate this point.”

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