Graphic Video: Here's What this "Noble Officer" and his Men did to a lady for obstructing their convoy. Their destination: A drinking Joint.
Follow discussions on this thread on how you can help get justice for this lady. At the very least, Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade should leave the Force.
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There was no e-mail link for Niran Obele on Jhe's post neither is it available on their website.
I sent a pm to Jhe yesterday to please post it on the thread.
It's quite dis-heartening to see such a thing happening in the 21st century. That shows the level of intelligence displayed by these millitary men. Imagine a friend in the navy saying "it was blown out of proportion by the bloody civillians".
I still believe there is judgement day for every deed (Arogundade will soon get his own judgement). Today's people will always be yesterday's people in the future! C'est Bien.
Poor girl, I really hope that Arogundade is brought to book. However, one thing that has bothered me since I read the story is that military men have horsewhips. To do what, beat animals or humans? I just don't get why Arogundade's aides had horsewhips in the first place, I really struggle to understand but I am sure a lot of their collagues carry them about. How about also asking for the banning of horsewhips and any such weapons?
Only in Nigeria!!! God help us.
My letter of protest to the Chief of Defense.
It is with complete shame that I watched a video of members of the Nigerian Military violate the solemn trust and pact with the Nigerian people when a fellow citizen Uzoma Okere, was demeaned and brutalized in a manner no human being should be.
Sir, there is no excuse and no explanation that warrants this.
As a citizen I demand that this Naval ratings and Officer, be handed over to be prosecuted in a civil court, where they would be afforded the opportunity of a decent treatment, a right they denied Uzoma Okere.
Sir, in the absence of actions from your office, myself and every Nigerian I know will demand your resignation and everyone one who is closely or remotely in a position of authority in the Nigerian Military.
(I signed my Full name, the email was sent from my corporate address, so they can find me if they want)
It is shameful that the Navy spokesman was justifying the brutality of these naval men. Why should horsewhips be carried at all or be part of the uniforms of soldiers not on horsebacks? Until every the rights of every Nigerian is respected we will not make any progress. In a normal state, the attorney general's office would prosecute these naval brutes. We can spend the next week celebrating Obama, but nothing like that will come our way.
In a civilized society the Naval officer should take responsibility for the dastardy acts of his convoy. He should not eat his cake and still have it. For those of us who did not like what they have done to the lady,iIt is not enough to just condemn this act on the net. This is a case that should be of interest to civil right lawyers, if the national assembly refuse to take the matter up with the Naval officer. Simply, he should be suspended pending the conclusion of any investigation into the matter.
Re: Miss Uzoma Okere - A call to Reason
Ladies and Gentlemen of the noble Village,
If there is anyone who has watched this video and is not enraged then I doubt if that person has any blood passing through his/her veins, but then the question is where do we go from here and what exactly do we set to achieve?
We will have to choose our battles carefully otherwise the goodwill enjoy by NVS will soon be squandered.
First of all we need to hear from Miss Okere, what her stand is and how far she is willing to go as the symbol of the struggle.
What are the options?
Civil Suit - Most unlikely, the Rear Admiral may refuse to show up in court and I am yet to see who will enforce a Bench warrant against a Rear Admiral in Nigeria. Or even execute a writ of fifa against his properties.
Criminal Prosecution (of the ratings) - We may pressurize the Lagos State Government to bring criminal prosecution against the officers. I believe with enough pressure Fashola may be willing to do it. But what if the lady is not willing to testify?
Mass Protests - This will bring this kind of brutality to limelight.
I am not comfortable about the first two options, first of all from what I know about military tradition, you WILL NEVER get the cooperation of Col. Okere rtd. to prosecute those brutes. He and other top Military Officers serving and retired will put pressure on Uzoma to drop the idea. She will probably get a token gift for that, probably a better car than a Mitshubishi Colt.
The Lawyer option is a complete waste of time.
This kind of battle is better fought where an ordinary Nigerian with no military or powerful background as the victim/symbol. This will put us in charge.
The fact that her father is a retired military officers has created a big barrier to pursuing the matter to any logical conclusion.
You guys want to embark on a battle where you can never take charge or be in control.
Our efforts at his point is limited to given more publicity to the brutality to minimize future occurences.
If there are any public officials left in Nigeria, this case would be a perfect opportunity for them to redeem their image and credibility.
The Attorney General of Nigeria as the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria should immediately commence an investigation into why a citizen of Nigeria was publicly brutalized by members of the organized military.
Members of the National Assembly have an excellent opportunity to err on the side of the masses by passing a resolution condemning the conduct of the Rear Admiral and possibly demanding that the AG and the IGP commence an investigation.
These will be in addition to any and all private means of redress the complainant, Uzoma Okere chooses to pursue.
I pray that Nigerians get angry enough to demand a change from the ground up.
Father of man killed by naval officer dies
By CHRIS ANUCHA
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Photo: Sun News Publishing
As the world was busy celebrating the Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 14, theheartbroken father of the commercial motorcyclist, Peter Ede, 23, who was shot dead in Ikeja, Lagos, on July 25, 2005, by a naval officer, Lt. Felix Odunlami, died in Lagos a disappointed man.
According to a family source, Joseph Ede was said to have complained bitterly about the murder of his son and the breadwinner of the family and his failure to retrieve his corpse for burial, before he succumbed to the cold fingers of death.
"I am tired," he was quoted to have said before giving up the ghost.
Besides the failure by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja to produce the body of Peter Ede, a former factory worker at Nigerchin Company Limited, Ikeja, for burial, the father had lamented and expressed surprise that neither the naval authorities nor the government had bothered to visit the family to say, "sorry" for the unfortunate incident.
"The senior Ede had been a shadow of himself since the unlawful termination of his son's life by a gun-totting naval officer. He had been heartbroken and frustrated by the apathy shown by the government and naval command sequel to the brutal murder of his breadwinner, Peter," counsel to the late Ede family, Nnabuike Edechime of Veritas Chambers, said.
He said that when the family went to LASUTH to claim Peter's body for burial, the hospital authorities told them that it had been buried in a mass grave.
He said: "We have repeatedly requested the production of Peter Ede's body but to no avail. Similarly, the authorities have not acceded to the family's demand for compensation. This is the scenario that led to the death of Peter Ede's father, Joseph Ede, who was heartbroken.
"Not only was his son killed unlawfully, he was denied the opportunity of giving him a decent burial and he received no form of compensation from either the naval authorities or the government," he said.
Edechime reiterated his call to the LASUTH authorities to produce the body of the late Peter Ede, adding: "We also restate our call for the Nigerian Navy to pay commensurate compensation to the family of the late Peter Ede."
Peter's younger brother, Joshua Ede, told Daily Sun that the family had been passing through difficult times since the death of his elder brother.
He said his father's salary as a security man at the Lagos State Ministry of Works, was so meagre that they could no longer pay their house rent after the death of his elder brother, leading to their ejection from the house.
He said they lost their mother at a tender age, adding that the death of his elder brother and that of his father have created a vaccum in the family.
Narrating the last moment of his father, Joshua said he just came back from work and visited his father who was on admission at the General Hospital, Ikeja, when a nurse beckoned on him to come and see the state of his father's health, which was deteriorating very fast.
He said before help could come, the embattled father said, "I am tired," and died thereafter.
Peter was a part-time student of Business Administration. He was supplementing his meagre income by working as a commercial motorcyclist, after closing from his place of work. He was said to be riding his motorcycle on that fateful Monday, July 25, 2005, at Radio Bus stop, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, when his front tyre touched the rear bumper of a Mercedes Benz car No. AR 374 SMK, driven by Lt. Odunlami. The officer, who was in uniform, allegedly jumped out and shouted, "do you know that I can kill you and nothing will happen?"
Peter was said to have gone down on his knees, begging the officer for forgiveness before he pulled his service pistol and shattered his brains.
After a protracted trial, a Nigeria Navy General Court Martial found Lt. Odunlami guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to life imprisonment. He was equally recommended for dismissal from service as a naval officer.