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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It was reported that Uzoma's dad, who apparently is enjoying his job at the National Assembly, did speak with the uncultured Naval Officer. Is he stealthily pressurizing Uzoma to drop the case ? If not, what steps has he taken to seek redress for his dehumanized daughter, if he too is outraged - he should be - or is he going to toe the line of esprit de corps, as Tonsoyo had predicted ?
Two things stand out in my mind after watching this video. The cruelty of the uniformed men, and the crowd that watched helplessly. PLEASE - all those who have websites, blogs, and media connections, we ought to give this issue ALL the publicity we can.
If the Navy will not apologize, and hold those villains accountable, then the shame and embarrassment will remain theirs.
People also need to be sensitized on civil rights. I know those guys had guns and would have thought nothing of using it, but the public should begin to consider the strength of their number and putting such situations in check. Yes, the hooligans could have gotten reinforcement from the jungle and proceded to wreck havoc on the entire environment. But all of it can be given publicity.
I am not advocating for people to risk their lives needlessly. At a time like this, I cannot but think of the people who lost their lives so that Obama could make the sort of history he did on Tuesday. If we are going to put acts of barbarism from uniformed people in Nigeria behind us, we should begin to consider confronting them, not only with publicity, but also with the strength of numbers in cases like this. We should consider rescuing victims if we have a large enough crowd. We have to be able to draw the line sometime in this lifetime about public (not to talk about private) display of lack of respect for the lives of the very citizens our Armed Forces and Police are employed and trained to protect.
A curse on all the madmen that did this. A bigger curse on the peppersoup admiral or whatever.
May they know pain of the bitterest hue. May they transit from one calamity straight into another. May they die un-loved and un-mourned.
ABEG, CAN SOME OF US ON NVS COME TOGETHER AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS??
My last call to the lawyer's Onikan office elicited the response that Niran Obele was yet to return to the office around 5.45pm.
I spoke again to Mr. Abia (also a lawyer) and informed him of NVS' interest in the case and further invited them to log on to contribute if possible. He assured me again that Mr. Obele would contact me possibly 2moro.
Clearly, Uzoma is presently pressing on with the civil aspects of this case.
There is h/e, a limit lawyers would want to discuss their client's case with third parties. This is specially true of a public forum as NVS. I assured them we are more interested with providing support and publicity etc to sustain and ensure the success of any action their client takes.
Will again post further info 2moro as required.
Like Tonsoyo stated, our main line of action must be supportive and geared more 2wds keeping the issue on the front burner of public discuss. Uzoma has taken proactive steps herself in that direction.
My dear brother Tonsoyo,
I am very much aware and knowledgeable of Ms Okere background or influences from her father.
What gave the poor little girl the instinct to seek help from a civil right lawyer to redress the inhumanity and public humiliation against her in the first place is her education, exposure and those family values.
Now, the general public is also watching wether her dignity, grace and self worth is for public sale.
I believe that it's her call, nobody can do it for her, the press can only give publicity and the general public like myself can give unflinching support on her side, if she chooses to do the right thing. I am sure every western country and human rights lobby interest groups will embrace her as one of our own!!!!
Typically, I've posted after reading the main story before going through the thread. People have already began commendable action here.
I would ask that we should seek to do it in a co-ordinated manner. But if that is already happening behind the scene, I am using this medium to ask to be part of that effort.
Please, Big-K, Liz, Fox, Soul, et al; if there's any co-ordinated effort/event jumping off already, pls let us know.
Men and their savagery yet again
I tried the law firm several times today. The number was ringing but no one responded. I will keep trying. I am encouraged by the establishment of what appears to be an on-line foundation. But, is Ms. Okere involved with it? It appears that the face book space of the foundation was established by an individual known as Aruosa Osemwegie. I really would like a way of contacting Ms. Okere to establish whether she is interested in becoming the public face of military-on-civillian brutality in Nigeria.
Once we know where she stands (and we should encourage her to stand rather than dwelling on her father's military connections; there is no perfect victim), and assuming it is on the side of protest, I would suggest an approach similar to the one we used on the Spanish Government. I know people have been writing emails to various people but that is not as powerful as a centralized letter that thousands of people sign, which can be hand delivered. The letter can be delivered to the military attaches to Nigerian embassies all over the world as well. Among other demands, as a minimum, we should demand that Arogundade and his goons be summarily dismissed. In my experience, most of these public officers do not read their public emails and by resending the video with each email, we risk blocking up their email boxes, cutting off access to the minority of them who do read their mails.
We should also call all these Nigerian embassies and insist on speaking to the military attaches about the matter. I think we have their numbers from the effort with the Spanish Government.
Moreover, we should post the video on U-Tube (Suggested Title: Rear Admiral Arogundade's Navy-on-Civilian Brutality in Nigeria) and send the link and this NVS thread link to everyone in our address books, including non-Nigerians.
Those who have contacts in the military, Aso Rock etc etc should use them.
Since this happened in Lagos, those who have links to Gov. Fashola and/or the AG, Supo Shashore should begin harassing them to prosecute Arogundade and his goons. While I agree that it is difficult to prosecute without Ms. Okere's cooperation, we don't know she won't cooperate. And, given that she has already been on TV regarding this issue, she may be willing to cooperate. One just does not know.
I will stop here. I will circle to Big K off line with more.
Soul Sista a/k/a Soul Sizzling
I hope she is willing. I believe she contacted the Lawyers through persuasion from people who saw the brutality before she even had the chance to talk to her father.
Have you guys wondered why nobody in the village has been able to speak to the Lawyer or at least get a return call from him despite several of such calls from different countries and continents?
I think the Laywer is avoiding you guys and is probably under a commitment not to talk to the Press or anybody about the issue, don't you guys get it?
You should just go ahead and give the issue as much publicity as you can that is probably the best you can do in the circumstances for now.
Nigerian military and security personnels need retraining to be able to keep up with the dictates of modern security management.