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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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Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
OverLoad posted on 11-18-2008, 14:16:02 PM
Wow thanks for the clarification, apparently I didnt see the facebook invite, I thought all was done via this thread .
How discouraging, again one thing that would set you guys apart from others is that you guys will be part of change, its a personal decision and with time ur uniqueness will shine and u will be known amongst men.
History shows and proves it, Obama started the movement for change with a few others from a small meeting in a chicago house, Rosa parks "sat" for change by "herself", Malcom X , Mandela many other heroic figures of the black race had an inner pushing force.

If you are planning to bring greater change to Nigeria, these are part of the road-blocks and obstacles you will encounter, seriously its takes real men and women to keep their focus. Its takes real men and women to give their word and live up to it, things they cannot do they would rather not commit to it.
Unfortunately not everyone is going to share the same passion as you , am I surprised?, No , not very surprised, I have said it many times, when it comes to togetherness or being our brother's keeper , Nigerians are not the strongest.

The ppl cheering you on and saying they would be there, would do this and that have their roles to play in your struggle, they have a part to play and they have played their part. They were there to encourage you and motivate you to take bigger steps, for them , their journey has ended with your movement in that episode, that was what they were put in place for, not everyone of them will crossover with you to the other side, their chapter is over, you have moved on to the next.

All of you should keep doing what you do, remember u r just taking baby steps, a journey of a lifetime starts with a single step, its not always about the fall, its how you recover from the fall.
All I can say is dont let this get to you, when you embark on a journey like this , its best to think of yourself as alone. When you encounter road-blocks you smile and say to yourself, I knew I would see this and am ready to overcome it. Keep up the good work guys , all of you...*round of applause for you*

QUOTE:
Overload, You are indeed overloaded!

I read the post above and was wondering what is he/she talking about until i got to the last two paragraphs where you appreciated the fact that those who have organised the subtle protest cum filming on Uzoma's maltreatment needs encouragement and i calmed down.

Now, lets get some facts straight.

1. The organisers of the filming last Saturday at Embarkment Gardens, London City, UK are not NVS' members at all, they are some Nigerians on Facebook who are resident in the UK and who watched the \\\"gory\\\" video just as we did.

2. They invited NVS through Villager VOR (Pls read preceeding posts) and VOR posted the location and time, even when it was changed, VOR reported back and posted the new schedule, she even posted two reminders! What else do we want from the organisers via Villager VOR? Spoon feeding plus a bilateral agreement between NVS and Facebook?

Talking about the venue (Embarkment Garden, Embarkment Tube Station), i do not know why the venue was chosen but if i read the organisers right, there was a major event at Trafalgar Sq. between 10am-3pm that particular Saturday hence the reason why the whole of Westminster was blocked. Embarkment Gardens is a lovely place to be(In my opinion, this beautification will add to the background of the video) or would you have preferred that the video be shot at Dalston Market or Finsbury Park? Moreover, Embarkment Gardens is central enough (3 stops from Westminster Station, the most adjudged central meeting place in the whole of London City followed by Liverpool Street Station!)

Overload, we as Nigerians need to change our mentality and i am sorry if i am going to step on toes; We talk alot with less actions and this is NOT the very first time such is happening. Now, if you go on late Osamuyia Aikpintanhi thread, you'd see that about 5,000 Nigerians signed the online petition condemning the death of this young Nigerian and when we prepared for the global protests, about 1000 Nigerians indicated their interest to be present at the London protest held on the traffic island opposite the Spanish Embassy, Gloucester Road, London-A 10 Min walk from Victoria Station. Uche Nworah, Uncle Tisha, Big K and I sent out reminders to all these peoples(Some outside of NVS) and reminded them all of the protest, armed with this mammoth figure, i approached the Police at Belgravia Station with Uncle Tisha and got a protest permit ready and when the Officer asked us the nos of protesters coming, we gleefully shouted 500. Come the D-day, the Police arrived in their vans and i counted them all-20 combat ready Officers to protect us and the embassy and the protesters on ground? 11 Nigerians(Prophet Osekita came with his two teenage Sons, a Villager named Kelechi travelled all the way from Leicester, West Midlands) ELEVEN NIGERIANS came to the protest!

Nigerians are not cowards but we tend \\\"to do our things our own way\\\" and once the victim is not my relation, let the dead bury their dead! I personally will be eternally grateful to Villager Okenikpoto who travelled about 5 times to Benin City to see the Aikpintanhi family during that dark period of their life: We didnt give him a dime! God bless the Nigerian resident in Europe who opened his residence at Lekki Phase 1 to Mr & Mrs Aikpintanhi to pass the night when they came to Lagos for the protest! Its sad that despite the publicity given to Uzoma's case, its slowing fading off. I must confess that Nigerians are not doing this deliberately though, the non-chalant attitude is borne out of utter frustration that we have seen too many bastardization and maltreatment and as such the generailty can not be bothered. This is very evident as seen that in less then 14days after the near death experience of Uzoma, we had another casualty and even a Villager named EZB saw an Okada Man being slapped by a Police Officer less than 1 mile from where Uzoma was assaulted!

Overload, it was not about the venue..............Its about the typical Nigerian mindset and this we all must endeavour to change.

Have a very lovely day!
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
RAYNOSA posted on 11-18-2008, 14:36:38 PM
Panel to probe Rear Admiral, six naval ratings begins sitting today

By Sola Adebayo and Olalekan Adetayo

The Board of Enquiry set up by the Naval Headquarters to investigate the assault on a lady, Miss Uzoma Okere, by some naval ratings will begin sitting in Lagos today.

Investigation revealed that the four-man board headed by the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Lagos, Rear Admiral Sylvester Umosen, has only a week to complete its assignment.

A top naval source, who made this known to one of our correspondents on Sunday, said the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Isaiah Ibrahim, inaugurated the committee in Abuja on Friday.

Uzoma, daughter of the Sergeant-At-Arms of the National Assembly, Col. Emmanuel Okere (rtd.), was assaulted and stripped in public by six naval ratings attached to the Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Logistic Command, Oghara, Delta State, Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade, in Lagos on November 3.

Arogundade was subsequently summoned to the Defence Headquarters in Abuja last week over the incident which had been widely condemned within and outside the country.

Our source told one of our correspondents in Warri that the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Paul Dike, had on Saturday directed the panel to move to Lagos in order to facilitate its access to principal witnesses required for the thorough execution of its assignment.

He said that the panel was given seven terms of reference, which included ascertaining the culpability of Arogundade and his subordinates in the assault on the 27-year-old lady.

It was learnt on Sunday that Uzoma and other victims of the November 3 incident had also been invited to appear before the Umosen-led panel.

Our source said, "The Board of Enquiry set up the naval authorities to probe the incident of November 3 in Lagos in which a lady claimed that she was assaulted by the naval ratings attached to our FOC (Arogundade) will commence public sitting in Lagos on Monday, November 17.

"It is a four-man panel with the FOC in charge of the Western Naval Command, Lagos, Rear Admiral Umosen, as Chairman.

"In view of the latest development, our FOC (Arogundade) and the six ratings attached to him are now in Lagos in readiness for the panel's inaugural sitting tomorrow (today).

"The lady who claimed that she was assaulted by the naval men and eyewitnesses are expected to also appear before the panel apparently to provide useful information on the incident."

When contacted on the telephone, Umosen confirmed that the panel would sit in Lagos from today.

He said, "I can confirm to you that I am the Chairman of the Board of Enquiry on the incident (assault on Uzoma) and we are starting our assignment in Lagos tomorrow (today).

"But I am not prepared to speak further on the matter for now. You may wish to call back next week when we must have concluded our job for further clarification on the issue."

Meanwhile, the Action Congress has warned that it will not allow the assault on Uzoma to be swept under the carpet.

It said in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that efforts must be made to stop such attacks by military personnel on civilians.

The party also expressed the hope that the investigation into the attack on Uzoma would lead to the prosecution of all those found culpable, irrespective of their ranks.

It added that the "brutal and barbaric attack" on the lady had highlighted a problem that was not limited to the Navy, the Army or the Air Force, but the Police.

The statement reads in part, "Everyday across Nigeria, the police engage in senseless attacks and extra-judicial killings of the same citizens they are paid to protect, using the guns purchased for them through taxpayers' funds.

"The unfortunate case of Ms. Okere should be an opportunity to take a holistic look at these attacks and bring an end to them.''

It said bullion vans escorted by the police across the country drive around "so recklessly, harassing, maiming and killing innocent citizens, yet they carry no number plates by which they could be identified."

The AC said, "This is illegal and we hereby call on the Inspector-General of Police to order the arrest of bullion van drivers whose vehicles do not have number plates.

"This is a serious issue, as offending bullion vans can never be traced under the present, inexplicable system whereby the menacing vans cruise around without number plates."

Apart from the problem of bullion vans, the party said the police, especially in Lagos, had recently started targeting upwardly mobile young men and women around Ikoyi, Ikeja, Victoria Island, among others, under the guise of carrying out 'stop and search.'

It said, "This harassment must stop before it snowballs into another deadly chain of extra-judicial killings. The police can carry out their important responsibility of ensuring the security of lives and property without killing and maiming the same people they are paid to protect.''

The party commended Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State for his pro-active efforts to stem the harassment and attacks on defenseless civilians by banning the use of sirens in the state.

AC also praised Fashola for backing Uzoma.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Salstep posted on 11-18-2008, 15:16:52 PM
Case closed. Six rating to be found guilty. Oga to be let off.

How can a fellow Rear Admiral chair an investigation into this incident? Make i sidon dey look.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Salstep posted on 11-18-2008, 16:39:11 PM
Another cut and paste from lazy journalists @ newswatch. SHAMEFUL

BTW, Since when did Newswatch start PR work for Navy? The first half of article look very suspect.



SOURCE

Okere: The Other Side of the Story
Written by Tosin Omoniyi
Monday, 17 November 2008
Fresh facts emerge on the alleged beating of Uzoma Okere by naval ratings in Lagos

There are indications that Harry Arogundade, a rear admiral and the flag officer commanding, logistic command, Naval Base, Oghara, Delta State, whose ratings had a brawl with Uzoma Okere in Lagos on November 3, was a-ctually not at the scene of the incident.

Newswatch investigation showed that Arogundade’s car had already left the scene before the crisis began. Okere also confirmed in an interview on a television programme last week that the naval boss had left the scene before the misunderstanding between her and one of the naval ratings degenerated into a brawl.

The 27-year-old Okere was on her way home from work when she ran into a traffic gridlock on Ahmadu Bello Way in Victoria Island. Behind her car some few metres away was Arogundade’s convoy. The naval officer was said to be in a hurry to keep an appointment in that area. The naval ratings attached to the two-star general came out of their vehicle to clear the way for their boss. In the process they hit car roofs with horse whips to make way for their boss whose car moved away after the road was cleared.

But as soon as he left, a crisis began between his boys and Okere. The ratings reportedly flogged her with horse-whips. A source close to Arogundade said Okere came out of her car, snatched the horse-whip from one of the naval ratings, and beat him with it. It was at this stage that other naval ratings became furious and insisted on arresting Okere. By this time, Arogundade had already got to his destination and oblivious of what happened behind him. Attempts to arrest Okere worsened the crisis. She resisted but was forcefully dragged into the waiting vehicle of the ratings. In the process, the upper part of her dress came off. She was eventually arrested and taken to Arogundade who ordered that she should be taken to the nearest police station for assaulting a naval rating.

Okere, fearing that she might be locked up by the police for assault called her father who asked her to pass the phone to Arogundade. Okere’s father is Emeka, a retired colonel and the sergeant-at-arms in the National Assembly. Sources said the naval officer spoke to Okere’s father and discovered that he was his senior while in the military. Colonel Okere pleaded espirit-de-corps and appealed to the naval officer not to take the matter to the police.

Arogundade agreed and the matter was resolved amicably. A new shirt was bought for Okere to replace her torn top. Few hours later, Okere’s father sent a text message to Arogundade to thank him for not taking the matter to the police.

Unknown to Arogundade and his boys, the process of arresting Okere by the naval ratings was recorded by a Nigerian using his camera phone. The shots of the incident were later posted on the internet which led to angry reactions from Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora.

Shocked by what was posted on the internet which was immediately picked up by foreign media organisations, President Umaru Yar’Adua ordered a thorough investigation into the matter. This was sequel to a petition sent to him from the chambers of Festus Keyamo two days after the incident. The president assured that those found culpable in the incidence would not go unpunished.

Paul Dike, chief of defence staff, has set up an investigation team to dig into the case in compliance with the president’s directive. Those investigating the matter visited Arogundade last week Wednesday. They also visited the scene of the incident to talk to eye witnesses. An official of a petroleum marketing company who witnessed the incident was said to have given an unbiased report to the investigators. The investigators are expected to obtain a copy of the tape of an interview Okere had with the Africa Independent Television, AIT, where she allegedly said Arogundade was not at the scene when she was beaten by the naval ratings.

The National Assembly where Okere’s father is the sergeant-at-arm has also promised to investigate the matter. Bode Olajumoke, chairman, senate committee on Navy, assured the public that the upper chamber of the federal legislature would not allow the incident to be swept under the carpet. “There is the need to give the naval officer and naval ratings the benefit to state their own sides of the story,” he said.

Okere has already instituted a legal action against Arogundade and the Navy claiming N100 million as damages. Governor Fashola offered free legal aid to her. He assured her that democracy would protect her and she would get justice. He apologised to her while urging her to be law abiding, adding that the state government would foot her medical bills.

Last week Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a motion, under “matter of urgent public importance” condemning the assault. It directed its committees on Inter-Governmental Affairs, Justice and Judiciary to verify the public functionaries that have legal rights to use siren on Nigerian roads.

A group of women under the auspices of Concerned Women condemned the treatment meted out to Okere by the naval ratings. Enitan Ogunleye, leader of the group called on security operatives in the country to be alive to their responsibility of protecting the citizenry.

Anthony Agbo, a Lagosian, condemned the incident while Tunbosun Oladipupo, a businessman described it as barbaric.

But David Nabaida, a commodore and director of naval information, said the incident was no fault of the naval men. He said it was the lady who snatched the horsewhip from one of the naval ratings. Newswatch learnt that the naval rating from whom Okere snatched the horse whip is already undergoing interrogation.

The travails of Okere has brought to the fore the question of those who should use the siren. Frank Mba, Lagos State police public relations officer, said only those whose jobs are important and in the interest of the public are allowed to use siren. These, according to him, include ambulances, fire fighting vehicles and police vehicles on emergency calls.



Reported by Demola Abimboye and Kazeem Akintunde
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Chanchaga posted on 11-18-2008, 17:03:39 PM
It took them 2 weeks to come up with this made in Nigeria fabricated stories for show. They should have said that the girl was going in her car with the blaring siren and the naval officers were blocking the road before one of the pregnant women came out of her car and started beating the defenceless naval officers. Then Miss Okere came out and started beating all the ratings as well and Arogundade managed to run for his dear life before reporting her to her father. Thinking of it, have you seen any military officer in Nigeria reporting people to the police before? I have not. They have horse whip (koboko), gun and guard room to lock you up themselves. Why are they reporting to police even though that is what they should do?

Fashola will not let them sweep it under the carpet. Thank goodness, this will not hold water. You only have to be a victim to know what a victim goes through.

Regards
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Mikky jaga posted on 11-18-2008, 18:51:59 PM
The Arogundade family is moving fast to remedy an obviously bad situation. The Newswatch report is clearly Arogundade's family's version of the story. There is nothing wrong with that especially as they can afford to sponsor the report.

One thing however is clear, truth can only be covered for so long. Acceptance of guilt and proper restitution should have been a better option for resolving this mess than all these fabrications. But, in Nigeria, the big man is always right.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Igboamaeze posted on 11-18-2008, 18:59:52 PM
QUOTE:
It took them 2 weeks to come up with this made in Nigeria fabricated stories for show. They should have said that the girl was going in her car with the blaring siren and the naval officers were blocking the road before one of the pregnant women came out of her car and started beating the defenceless naval officers. Then Miss Okere came out and started beating all the ratings as well and Arogundade managed to run for his dear life before reporting her to her father. Thinking of it, have you seen any military officer in Nigeria reporting people to the police before? I have not. They have horse whip (koboko), gun and guard room to lock you up themselves. Why are they reporting to police even though that is what they should do?

Fashola will not let them sweep it under the carpet. Thank goodness, this will not hold water. You only have to be a victim to know what a victim goes through.

Regards


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This is indeed a poor PR stunt even by the shabby Nigerian standard.

What a cowardly alibi by a so-called "Rear Admiral". As for Newswatch, everyone knows that they stopped watching the news long time ago. The house that Dele Giwa built has been turned into the temple of quacks and apologists.

What a silly alibi...
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Ajibs posted on 11-18-2008, 19:00:45 PM
WaleAkin,
You have said it as it is:

QUOTE:
Overload, we as Nigerians need to change our mentality and i am sorry if i am going to step on toes; We talk alot with less actions and this is NOT the very first time such is happening. Now, if you go on late Osamuyia Aikpintanhi thread, you'd see that about 5,000 Nigerians signed the online petition condemning the death of this young Nigerian and when we prepared for the global protests, about 1000 Nigerians indicated their interest to be present at the London protest held on the traffic island opposite the Spanish Embassy, Gloucester Road, London-A 10 Min walk from Victoria Station. Uche Nworah, Uncle Tisha, Big K and I sent out reminders to all these peoples(Some outside of NVS) and reminded them all of the protest, armed with this mammoth figure, i approached the Police at Belgravia Station with Uncle Tisha and got a protest permit ready and when the Officer asked us the nos of protesters coming, we gleefully shouted 500. Come the D-day, the Police arrived in their vans and i counted them all-20 combat ready Officers to protect us and the embassy and the protesters on ground? 11 Nigerians(Prophet Osekita came with his two teenage Sons, a Villager named Kelechi travelled all the way from Leicester, West Midlands) ELEVEN NIGERIANS came to the protest!

Nigerians are not cowards but we tend \"to do our things our own way\" and once the victim is not my relation, let the dead bury their dead! I personally will be eternally grateful to Villager Okenikpoto who travelled about 5 times to Benin City to see the Aikpintanhi family during that dark period of their life: We didnt give him a dime! God bless the Nigerian resident in Europe who opened his residence at Lekki Phase 1 to Mr & Mrs Aikpintanhi to pass the night when they came to Lagos for the protest! Its sad that despite the publicity given to Uzoma's case, its slowing fading off. I must confess that Nigerians are not doing this deliberately though, the non-chalant attitude is borne out of utter frustration that we have seen too many bastardization and maltreatment and as such the generailty can not be bothered. This is very evident as seen that in less then 14days after the near death experience of Uzoma, we had another casualty and even a Villager named EZB saw an Okada Man being slapped by a Police Officer less than 1 mile from where Uzoma was assaulted!

Overload, it was not about the venue..............Its about the typical Nigerian mindset and this we all must endeavour to change.

Have a very lovely day!


So many times I have reminded us in the village of the Nigerian true motto: Every man for himself, God for us all! Here we see another demonstration of this. I have participated in the past in a few Nigerian activities, not a protest, but some other ones, at one a couple of years ago, I met CIkpatt in the DC area.

There is no doubt that despite the fact that we Nigerians in Diaspora have physically left Nigeria behind, mentally many of us still have that motto up there as our rule of law. I have had to be honest about my time for commitment to such endavours, this is why recently, I have only agreed to volunteer my widows mite for what I believe in. If most Nigerians can do the same, it would help. It would have saved you the embarrasment of saying you were expecting 500 and got 11! So next time you guys go and ask for police permit, why will they take you seriously?

We all know that we all have several committments to various things in our daily lives, Work, Family, Church, Mosque, other organizations et al. So where do these other actions fit in and how?

Also the bottom line is we are very comfortable engaging with each other in cyber space, but when it comes to reality...completely different story.

By the way...
I think if the person who caputured that video can be found, he / she deserves a HUGE reward. I strongly believe the fact that it was caught on video is the ONLY reason why it has gotten this huge attention.

I have a suggestion for all those in Nigeria, I wonder if it would have a real impact, let ALL Nigerians begin to use their cell phone cameras to capture the brutality of the armed forces, if we have more outcrys like this and a few more panels and court cases, that may actually reduce the incidents of armed forces brutality in Nigeria.

We can even set up a website to broadcast the videos and get them forwarded to the Nigerian and world media.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Ewuro posted on 11-18-2008, 19:30:44 PM
QUOTE:
Case closed. Six rating to be found guilty. Oga to be let off.

How can a fellow Rear Admiral chair an investigation into this incident?
Make i sidon dey look.


Who do you want to chair a military investigation involving an admiral? A rating?
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Salstep posted on 11-18-2008, 20:51:32 PM
QUOTE:
Who do you want to chair a military investigation involving an admiral? A rating?


Ewuro, no need to get silly about it.

What's wrong with a Vice Admiral or an Admiral? This is Nigeria we talking about.
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