Movies: Court Lifts Ban On Okafor’s Law

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, vacated an interim order, which restrained the premiering and release of Nollywood movie, “Okafor’s Law”

“Okafor’s Law” is a film Produced by actress and Director, Omoni Oboli.

Justice Ibrahim Buba had on March 24, granted an interim order, stopping the premiere of the said “Okafor’s Law” scheduled to hold on the evening of same day.

The exparte order, had consequently, halted the premiere of “Okafor’s Law” at the IMAX Cinema in Lagos, as well as suspending its planned release on March 31.

The judge had issued the orders, following an exparte motion filed by a company Raconteur Production Ltd, on behalf of a Canada based script writer, Mr Jude Idada, seeking same reliefs.

Joined as defendants in the suit are: Dioni Visions Entertainment Ltd, Omoni Oboli, and The Filmone Ltd.

In a short ruling on Thursday, Justice Ibrahim Buba vacated the interim orders, and paved way for the release and launch of the film, after entertaining arguments from both counsel to the plaintiff and defendants.

Buba held: ” The court shall resist the temptation of making any pronouncement on the substance of the matter at this interlocutory stage.

“Suffice to say that surely what is exhibited by the plaintiff is a script “The Bet” and not “Okafor’s Law and so this court has no doubt that the plaintiff/applicant cannot sustain this application.

“Even though the applicant moved the court to granting an order exparte, thank God the side of the defendant is heard.

“I do not think that on the face of the counter affidavit, this court will exercise it’s discretion both judicially and judiciously in granting the motion for interlocutory injunction.

“This court is unable to grant the interlocutory orders sought by the applicant; the prayer is hereby refused and the interim orders made on the 24th day of March is accordingly vacated.”

Earlier, arguing for the grant of an interlocutory injunction, counsel to the plaintiff, Mr A.K Oragu had urged the court to grant the orders as prayed on the grounds that there is the need to establish the legal rights of the plaintiff.

According to Oragu, section 51 of the Copyrights Act, clearly establishes the right of the plaintiff, adding that the plaintiff had an assignment with respect to the script in question.

He argued that under the Act, an author is the owner of the copyright, adding that the “art work” in respect to the movie “Okafor’s Law”, belonged to Jude Idada who later assigned same.

He submitted that the movie industry was the eye of morality, adding that if the movie “Okafor’s Law” is allowed to be launched in the wrong name, then the entire process is wrong.

He urged the court to grant the interlocutory orders.

Responding to the application, counsel for the defendant, Mr Augustine Alegeh (SAN) urged the court to refuse the application for interlocutory injunction.

Alegeh argued that the applicant seeks to stop the premiere of an already completed film, “Okafor’s Law” whereas, his challenged is based on a script titled “The Bet”.

He argued that the script is clearly different from the movie.

He recounted before the court the various losses suffered by the defendant as a result of the court’s order, which led to a failed premiere of the movie on March 24.

He added that all guests including children, were  already seated at the Cinema, but were disappointed to hear about the injunction.

He urged the court to allow the scheduled release of the movie billed for March 31 (tomorrow), adding that where such grant is found to have been undeserving, then the various damages sought by the plaintiff would suffice.

Alegeh urged the court to vacate the interim orders and grant his prayer.
The court has fixed April 3 for hearing of the new suit.

Idada lays claim to the film “Okafor’s Law” as his intellectual property, and had accused Oboli of copyright infringement.
He adds that she had stolen his story idea for the movie in September 2016, adding that Oboli took the work he had done regarding “Okafor’s Law”, and developed it without giving him due credit.

He avers that the producer went ahead to set March 31, as a release date for the movie, inspite of a demand letter sent to her, as well as a copyright infringement suit instituted.

In  a counter affidavit, Tomi Adeoye on behalf of Dioni visions Ltd  avers that sometime in 2014, the second defendant (Omoni Oboli) came up with the story idea of “Okafor’s Law”.

Adeoye explains that “Okafor’s Law” is a principle in which ex lovers could always rekindle their love or relationship, even after they are married to other partners.

The deponent says that in accordance with Nigerian Law, both Oboli and her company (Dioni Visions) proceeded to register the film with the National film and video censor board.

Adeoye says that having secured their legal right to the said film, they contracted Jude Idada to write the screen play for a fee of N750,000 although no written contract was executed.

According to the deponent, Oboli later had a meeting with Idada, where she revealed to him the story idea and concept of “Okafor’s Law”, to enable him have a good grasp of the subject for a proper development of the screen play.

Adeoye avers that when Idada was contacted thereafter, he claimed that the work he had done on the film was lost when his computer was stolen in Uganda, and promised to re-write the screenplay.

The deponent avers that when several attempts to reach Idada for the script failed, they decided to write the screen play and thereafter produce the movie Okafor’s Law.

The deponent therefore, claims that jude Idada is not the owner of the story and idea of “Okafor’s Law, and does not possess any copyright in respect of same.

“Okafor’s Law” features: Richard Mofe Damijo, Toyin Aimakhu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ken Erics, Yvonne Jegede, Halima Abubakar, Gabriel Afolayan, Funke Bucknor among other nollywood actors and actresses.
Oboli is a popular Nollywood Producer, actress, Director and script writer.

Sickle Cell Disease: First Person To Be Cured?

If you or someone you know suffers from sickle cell disease, hope is on the way. Iesha Thomas, who suffered from the disease herself, is the first person to be cured. This is huge!!!

Sickle cell affects 1 in every 500 African Americans in the U.S. But, the good news is, this disease might be on its way out. Fingers crossed.

Iesha Thomas, 33, was living with the disease that progressively got worse. It really wreaked havoc on her life after she gave birth to her daughter, resulting in her needing repeat blood transfusions and 2 hip replacements due to bone damage.

The disease can be extremely painful. What happens is a defect that causes the oxygen-carrying red blood cells to take on a sickle-like appearance. The blood cells deliver less oxygen to the body’s tissues, causing severe pain, stroke, and even organ damage.

But a great breakthrough has occurred! Thomas is the first patient in the midwest to be cured of the Sickle Cell Disease.

“I just want to be at home with my daughter every day and every night,” said Thomas.

Physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science System performed a procedure using medication to suppress her immune system and a small dose of total body radiation before doing the stem cell transplant. The procedure allows for the patient’s own bone marrow to coexist with that of the donor. The goal of the transplant is for the stem cells to gradually take over the bone marrow’s role in producing normal, and healthy red blood cells.

Congrats Iesha. How amazing! We’re rooting for you and all people suffering from sickle cell for complete health and healing. This procedure could really turn things around.

Culled: Myhealthzz

MTN Pays Another N30b To Nigeria

MTN has made a payment of N30 billion  ($98 million) to the Nigerian government in part settlement of a N330 billion  fine imposed on the telecoms group for not disconnecting unregistered SIM cards, an MTN source told Reuters on Thursday.

Africa’s largest telecoms company has already paid 80 billion naira of the total amount owed, the source said.

The fine is due for payment in six instalments over three years, MTN has said.

MTN Nigeria was originally fined $5.2 billion last October for failing to deactivate more than five million unregistered SIM cards, but the fine was reduced in a settlement that paved the way for MTN to list its subsidiary on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Nigeria has been cracking down on unregistered SIM cards, concerned that they are used for criminal activity in a country fighting an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

MTN, which operates in 20 countries, had set aside $600 million last year to pay the fine.

Pravin Gordhan S/Africa’s Finance Minister Sack

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has sacked country’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan after days of speculation that rocked the country’s markets and currency.

Mr Gordhan will be replaced by Malusi Gigaba, said a statement issued late on Thursday by the president’s office.

Earlier this week, the president recalled Mr Gordhan from planned events in the UK.

Sfiso Buthelezi will become Deputy Finance Minister, replacing Mcebisi Jonas.

President Zuma also made a number of other changes in the cabinet.

“I have directed the new ministers and deputy ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues to bring about radical socioeconomic transformation and to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality,” President Zuma’s statement said.

Last October, Mr Gordhan was charged with fraud, but the charges were later dropped.

He has described the allegations as politically motivated.

Mr Gordhan has been seen as standing up to President Zuma in cabinet and has warned against corruption becoming rampant.

The South African Communist Party, an ally of the governing African National Congress, had earlier lodged a formal objection to plans to dismiss Mr Gordhan, who is widely respected internationally.

Many senior ANC figures also opposed the finance minister’s removal.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main opposition party, said it would call a vote of no-confidence in President Zuma in parliament.

Mr Gordhan’s recall from the UK caused South Africa’s rand to lose nearly 5% of its value against major currencies earlier this week.

Pressure has been growing on Zuma to step down amid numerous allegations of corruption.

He denies the claims.

Source: BBC

Surgeons Grow Ear On Arm And Transfer To Head

Plastic surgeons from a hospital in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, have successfully transplanted a regenerated ear from a patient’s arm to his head.

The patient, whose surname is Ji, suffered severe injuries on the right side of his face and lost his right ear in a traffic accident over a year ago.

As it was impossible to regenerate another ear over the scar, Guo Shuzhong, a leading plastic surgeon at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, decided to “plant” an ear on Ji’s forearm and then transplanted it to his head.

The plastic surgery was divided into three stages. During the first stage, a skin expander was set in Ji’s right forearm. In the second stage, doctors extracted cartilage from Ji’s rib and carved it to build the new ear. The cartilage was then planted under the expanded skin on the patient’s arm, allowing the new ear to grow.

Guo and his colleagues performed the third stage of the plastic surgery on Wednesday when they successfully transplanted the regenerated ear onto Ji’s head using microsurgical techniques. The operation lasted seven hours.

After the surgery, the newly transplanted ear appeared pink in the light of the operating room lamp. Guo and his colleagues heard the sound of blood flow using a Doppler blood vessel detector, indicating the surgery was successful.

a soft robotic inspired by the octopus

Guo said the surgery was very difficult because they had to transplant the regenerated ear to an appropriate place on the head that could supply adequate blood flow to the ear to ensure normal functioning after surgery.

The patient is in stable condition. He will be discharged from the hospital in about two weeks when his new ear can work normally.

Guo and his colleagues also used 3D printing technology to make the regenerated ear look more realistic.

Guo and his team create regenerated ears for about 500 children each year.

In another scientific feat, a team of Chinese postgraduates have created an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that can be used to heal injuries.

The students, from Beijing-based Beihang University, exhibited their prototype Thursday after developing it with a foreign firm.

Soft robots are constructed with materials like silicone, plastic, fabric, rubber or compliant mechanical parts like springs.

“The softness makes it possible for the robots to work more effectively and safely with humans and can be used for rehabilitation and recovery or in the service sector,” said Wang Tianmiao, a robotics engineer at the university.

The robotic soft arm is inspired by the tentacles of octopus, Wang said, “It can bend and swirl quickly, and the suction cups help it adhere tightly to objects of different shapes and sizes.”

In five to ten years, the robotic arm is expected to be used in minimal-invasive surgery and athletic rehabilitation, said Wen Li, associate professor in Beihang University and head of the team.

Source: Xinhua

Miami Open: Konta Breaks Venus Williams

Johanna Konta defeated seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 6-4 7-5 to become the first British woman to reach the Miami Open final.

The 25-year-old will face world number 14 Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who overcame Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova 5-7 6-1 6-1.

Konta said: “Caroline’s one of the best athletes on tour, so I know I am going to be running for a lot of balls.

“I’m looking forward to it, it is going to be a battle and I will try my best.”

Konta broke Williams twice in the first set as she moved into a 3-0 lead, before the 36-year-old American salvaged one of those breaks.

Williams struggled with her first serve and saved five break points early in the second set before breaking Konta to take a 3-1 lead.

But the British number one battled back to break Williams on three occasions on her way to sealing victory shortly after midnight local time.

Konta will reach a career-high world number seven ranking if she lifts the trophy on Saturday.

Read more: BBC

UK Deports 23 Nigerians

The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has deported 23 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 6.a.m on Friday.

The deportees,who are all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft.

DSP Joseph Alabi, the Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, confirmed the development to NAN.

The deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

NAN gathered that the deportees were profiled by immigration authorities and given stipends to facilitate their transportation to their respective states.

The Italian Government on March 8, deported 37 Nigerians from the country for similar reasons. (NAN)

In February, the UK also deported 41 Nigerians fro related offences. Most of the deportees were said to be living in the UK illegally as their travel documents had expired

The Arrest Of Rep member, Ekpeyong

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday arraigned a serving member of the House of Representatives, Nse Bassey Ekpenyong before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on a 9-count charge of forgery and uttering of documents.

Ekpenyong, member representing Oron Federal Constituency of Akwa- Ibom State in the National Assembly, was alleged to have forged an Abia State Polytechnic Ordinary National Diploma Certificate and uttered a December 1999 West African Examination School Certificate, WASSCE, and thereby committed perjury before an Electoral Tribunal where he claimed that the certificates were genuine.

Count one of the charge reads:

“That you Nse Bassey Ekpeyong on or about the 22nd November, 2012 at Uyo within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a document to wit: Abia State Polytechnic National Diploma Certificate in Business Administration with Certificate No. 001181 dated 22nd November, 2012 with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M 17 of the Revised Edition (Laws Of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act”.

Another count read:

“That you Nse Bassey Ekpeyong on or about the 18th December, 2014 at INEC Headquarters, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did Utter a document to wit: West African Senior Certificate No. NGWASSCP 557610 with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M 17 of the Revised Edition (Laws Of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act”.

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges when they were read to him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel Ahmed I. Arogha and S. Hussaini, asked for a trial date and accelerated hearing of the matter. However, counsel to the defendant, Emmanuel Isangidoho, told the court that he had filed an application for bail for his client and urged the court to admit him to bail.

Justice Ojukwu granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10, 000,000.00 (Ten million Naira), with one surety in like sum. The surety must depose to an affidavit of means, provide 2 recent passports photograph and 3 years tax clearance certificate. The surety should write an undertaken to produce the defendant throughout the trial and all the documents of the surety must be vetified by the Registrar.

Justice Ojukwu also ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail.

The case has been adjourned to April 12 and 26 and May 3 and 4, 2017 for trial.

Brexit: EU Releases Negotiation Guidelines Today

European Council President Donald Tusk is due to issue draft guidelines on how the EU intends to negotiate the UK’s departure from the bloc.

The proposals will be sent to the governments of 27 EU members.

They will help set the tone for two years of tough negotiations and efforts to finalise a deal.

EU leaders say the UK must first agree its exit terms before talks can move on to future ties. London is calling for simultaneous talks.

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the Brexit process on Wednesday, by sending the Article 50 notification to Mr Tusk.

Mr Tusk – who is currently in Malta at a meeting of EU centre-right leaders – is expected to send the draft guidelines to the 27 EU members on Friday morning.

The European Council had intended to publish the guidelines on its website straight away, but the BBC understands that two EU member states objected.

The draft negotiating guidelines will set the tone for two years of tough talks to come.

My understanding is that Donald Tusk was still working on the final details of the document late into Thursday evening here in Malta – but it is expected to be six or seven pages long and will focus in particular on the sequence of negotiations.

The terms of transition will be difficult to agree because they will involve topics of huge controversy in the UK – including freedom of movement of people and the role of the European Court of Justice.

The guidelines will contain a general statement of principles, and go into some detail about how the EU intends the negotiations to be structured.

That means:

Initial talks for several months on the divorce – a broad agreement on the terms of separation

Then several months of negotiation on the shape of a future trade partnership

Finally – possibly the toughest phase of all – talks about the transition between full membership now and a totally new relationship in the future.

On Thursday, French President Francois Hollande told Mrs May the withdrawal agreement should come first, a common line among European leaders who say they will not allow “cherry-picking”.

Meeting in Malta, members of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the largest group in the European parliament, said they would focus on:

Ensuring that the rights of EU citizens in the UK continue

Avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Settling the UK financial bills with the bloc, estimated to be as much as €60bn (£51bn; $64bn)

Speaking at the meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not mention Brexit directly, but said the EU must guarantee the prosperity and security of its citizens or risk them turning away.

Source: BBC

Help Lucky Walk Again

My name is izah lucky and was Born in March 30th 1981 in kwale at ndokwa LGA of Delta state. I Lost my dad after a brief illness in October 1998 when I was in SS1 in fgc minna.

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After staying at my late uncle’s place for a few years. I started a small businesses in 2003( recharge card and phone calls).

In 2008 i already had three shops, an admition to  study business admin in unibuja and a wife.

I was doing my best to raise a happy family and cater for my four siblings and sick mother as a first child .

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But it all came crashing down on the 16th of April 2013 when an unidentified hit and run driver knocked me down from my bike along rafinsanyi road in suleja. At that time my third child was only two months old.

I was rushed to suleja general hospital where I received first aid and  was referred to the teaching hospital in gwagwalada in a critical condition.

Unfortunately there was no bed space in the hospital when we got there around midnight midnight so I was taken to St Mary’s Catholic hospital where I was admitted and had my first surgery had an external fixation about 24 after the accident .

Afer about three months , I was discharged from the hospital and could not even meet up with the appointments with the hospital for frequent check ups due to financial challenges.

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It got so bad that I resulted to seeing traditional and herbal doctors and ended up getting the metal object removed at home without the doctors.

I think that Is where the complications and infection set in and matters got worse and thereafter i lost my dear mum in January 20016.

It is exactly four years now and i am seriously in need of medical attention ( surgical operations)