Watch Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade's Men beat up and strip a helpless lady [Graphic]

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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: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Tonsoyo posted on 11-05-2008, 19:15:06 PM
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All said and done! Where do we go from here?

Tonsoyo, since you have a legal background, why dont you contact the Firm involved in the case as stated by Villager Jhe on our behalf and lets hear what steps they are taking on the case. Thanks in advance!



Like I said Wale, my first reaction when I saw the video and link was to immediately call the Law Firm and pledge support, but then I think about the Military to Military angle to it and thought it is not worth the time.

From the information you provided, the lady's father is a Retired Colonel and the Sergeant-at-Arms of the National Assembly currently, he is therefore well positioned to fight his battle if he wishes to.

It is a different thing if she is just another ordinary Nigerian lady without Military or other connections in high places.

Why not wait to hear from the father? He would probably thank you good Nigerians for your concern and settle the problem with Arogundade over a bottle of Guilder at the Officer's Mess, while salstep is frothing in the mouth not really getting the picture.

I say good luck to all of you who are interested in the fight, but for me, definitely not this one, because I know exactly how it will end. It is called Brotherhood of Brutality otherwise known in Nigeria as espirit de corps
Re: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
OverLoad posted on 11-05-2008, 19:32:08 PM
Oh this Lady is not "Unsung" in my books, like I stated in my previous post shes a Hero anytime for fighting back...and you would also notice that I acknowledged the other lady in white. Hers is another approach of distracting them,if u had 10 ppl brave enough to distract them like that , that girl would not have been that beaten. Of cos there are many great and brave Nigerians i guess some were not present at the scene. Am commenting based on the clip, it was just ludicrous that ppl were just watching like it was a circus show, my gutt reaction will be to scream my head off. So many ways you can divert their attention from beating the girl. Note the keyword is Diverting their attention. I have been in scenarios like that and trust me all you need is just 2 ppl to take the first step, others watching who do not have the bravery to go first will join in you will be surprised. Its just making the 1st step that many ppl are scared of. Like its been said everybody wants to go to heaven no one wants to die.....the spirit of togetherness is just not a strong bond that holds us together as Nigerians...if it was that girl's neighbourhood well shes known , u will see how ppl will come to her aid,if it was one of those men on the sides daugther or sister , ohh am sure they will not stand back...if this happened in a higher institution where a student is known a riot will break out....but ppl are watching they dont know this young woman and they dont wanna get into something thats not their problem, thats wat it boils down to.....like Fela said "i get waif for home, I get mama for home , I no wan die".....guess what it could be ur turn tommorow.....oh cos they know if they said something, they would be beaten too, or even shot, bottomline its Fear.....not many ppl can overcome fear, do I blame this ppl , No its their personal decision thats why they did not make my classified list of "brave' ppl in this scenario.

Am not sure what you mean by "accusing"..accusing them of what?...isnt it true from the video clip that there were able-bodied men standing back?...watch d clip and tell i was wrong.... if you watch that video you will see there was a lot of holding back from a lot of ppl who only trailed them at a distance, now maybe it was because I was watching , but just watching I felt like jumping thru my laptop and screaming or standing in their way to stop 'em, maybe if I was there i would have gotten a beating of my life cos i know i would jump in front before I apply commonsense , gutt reaction, adrenalin whatever u might call it......

Its just like those street fights where 2 women are ripping their clothes off and no one bothers to stop the fight cos its a show for all....thats what it looked like except in this case they were not standing back because it was show , but because they were not able to overcome fear. I can only comment on the clip i saw, i dont know if someone intervened after or before.
Let them go to a market place and do it to a market woman and see how those old market woman will whip out their droopy boobs and beat them with it like their life depended on it, anyway nothing i say on this thread will reverse the beating the poor woman got....nothing I say will make the video re-make itself and make those ppl come to her aid, u know how u watch football game and u blame okocha for missing that penanlty and all u can do is scream at ur TV and cover it all in spit , but that dont change anything...what could change something i have done,gimme more ideas or if i come up with one, I will do.....infact all am/was doing is just venting , prolly to the wrong ppl, it will not change anything.....but hey this 2008 ...OBAMA is president..i have a right to vent .....and Sir i have just exercised my rights thank you. .......



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Overload, there are many 'brave' men (and women) all around Nigeria. Many of them remain unsung. The lady attacked was one of them. The lady who helped her afterwards another. The device of 'accusing' the people nearby can be counterproductive and diversionary and I would advice against it. Just MHO.

I work maybe a kilometer away from the scene of this incident but bank of that very street. Perhaps God spared me for another day because knowing myself, there is no way I would have seen that going on and permitted it to continue in my presence.

God has been sparing me for a while now when I intervene during such circumstances but since I have a mother and a sister, it would be fundamentally impossible for me not to step in as some kind of 'peace-maker'.

I saw a news report about the case on this evenings news and can fortunately report that the young lady in question is in excellent spirits and responded to interview questions in an extremely articulate manner. I'm glad that SilverBird TV carried the story.

Truth be told, most 'affluent' Nigerians won't even watch news about the issue because they'll be glued to foreign programming. More power to our local stations who also contain unsung heroes because someone could capriciously close them down - they did it to Channels, remember?

Like WaleAkin, I too have experienced the savagery of these uniformed (really uninformed) persons - in my case they were Airforce personnel, who set upon me, beat me up, made me cross the link road between local and international airport in Lagos on my knees and then detained me in a little gatehouse for maybe 30 - 45 minutes.

Things like this have got to stop. Starting now.

I will support the legal efforts with resources, time and whatever talents God has blessed me with. This lady is my 'sister' and deserves the very best from me and us all.

ps. Someone raised a significant point about how if these people could behave like this in 'Tony' Victoria Island, Lagos, you can only imagine how they behave 'out of sight' in the creeks of the Niger delta. Maybe, just maybe, the people of the Niger delta aren't just some kind of addle-brained 'criminals' but simply people who have said \"Enough\" on many fronts. Think about it.
Re: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Soul Sista posted on 11-05-2008, 19:45:44 PM
I tried the law firm today without any luck. The phone was just ringing. But, it is possible that they had gone home; it was a bit late. Did anyone get through on the number provided? If so, do you know whether the victim is involved in the law suit? I asked yesterday but perhaps JHE does not know. I will try the firm again tomorrow.
Re: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Tonsoyo posted on 11-05-2008, 19:48:43 PM
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I tried the law firm today without any luck. The phone was just ringing. But, it is possible that they had gone home; it was a bit late. Did anyone get through on the number provided? If so, do you know whether the victim is involved in the law suit? I asked yesterday but perhaps JHE does not know. I will try the firm again tomorrow.


SS,

Who will be suing whom if the lady is not involved in the suit?
Re: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Soul Sista posted on 11-05-2008, 19:55:00 PM
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SS,

Who will be suing whom if the lady is not involved in the suit?


That is precisely why I want an assurance that she is involved. I thought JHE's post was a bit vague, although not deliberately so. Perhaps I would not be so interested in confirming this obvious detail if the military-to-military angle did not exist.

I am less optimistic about a Fawehimistic legal attack on the Navy. That is not to say anything about the good of Fawehimistic legal attacks; but not this time.

Soul Sista a/k/a Soul Sizzling
Clip of Navy men beating up a lady at Muhri Okunola, VI !!!
Adetola posted on 11-06-2008, 02:30:48 AM
Hello all,

On the third of November 2008 on Muhri Okunola Street, Victoria Island Lagos, the traffic was chaotic. A young lady (Uzoma Okere) was driving home from work, then came the convoy of Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade's personal Navy saloon car and his pilot truck, consisting of 6 armed bodyguards.

Just because the lady was unable to move her vehicle out of the way of the military convoy, it resulted in a severe beating by the armed Nigerian Navy men.

The body guards of the Rear Admiral (Harry Arogudade) in the process physically beat up several Price WaterHouse Coopers staff and destroyed cameras that were filming the event as it unfolded.

The lady's top was even torn and left nacked in the process.

The video clip was recorded from the PricewaterHouseCoopers office on a personal camera.

Please click on the link below to view the terrible act:
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-134234

This is a call to all Nigerians (both home and abroad) to stand up and let us collectively bring these officers to justice.

We did it when a Nigerian was forced on the plane from Spain we can do it again.
Re: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Salstep posted on 11-06-2008, 03:14:55 AM
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Like I said Wale, my first reaction when I saw the video and link was to immediately call the Law Firm and pledge support, but then I think about the Military to Military angle to it and thought it is not worth the time.

From the information you provided, the lady's father is a Retired Colonel and the Sergeant-at-Arms of the National Assembly currently, he is therefore well positioned to fight his battle if he wishes to.

It is a different thing if she is just another ordinary Nigerian lady without Military or other connections in high places.

Why not wait to hear from the father? He would probably thank you good Nigerians for your concern and settle the problem with Arogundade over a bottle of Guilder at the Officer's Mess, while salstep is frothing in the mouth not really getting the picture.

I say good luck to all of you who are interested in the fight, but for me, definitely not this one, because I know exactly how it will end. It is called Brotherhood of Brutality otherwise known in Nigeria as espirit de corps



tonsoyo

I don't see the relevance of the victim been the daughter of a military officer. This sort of brutality happens everyday on the streets of Nigeria. Here we have an opportunity to highlight the injustice been melted out to Nigerian citizens by men in uniform (Even LASMA dey brush people for Lagos) and you bring espirt de corps into it. It’s not about the individual, but all Nigerians that get the “bloody civilian” treatment from uniformed men.

BTW, I thought the RNC was formed to earn respect for Nigerians! Can’t the same platform be used to rid our society of this military brutality?
Re: Clip of Navy men beating up a lady at Muhri Okunola, VI !!!
Lizmoses posted on 11-06-2008, 03:18:41 AM
The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

cc: Senate President and the National Assembly

cc: Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike

cc: National Human Rights Commission – Nigeria

cc: Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre

cc: Nigerian Media



Your Excellency,

It is with utmost concern and depression, for the state of lawlessness and lack of respect for human rights and dignity that engulfs our democratic nation, I write to you.

The third day of November 2008 on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, a young lady named Uzoma Okere suffered severe beatings and degradation from Nigerian Naval personnel for such a trivial issue as the inability to move her vehicle out of the way of a their convoy on time which was very well explained by the chaotic traffic situation at that time. The convoy consisted of one Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade's personal Navy saloon car and his pilot truck, conveying 6 armed bodyguards. The body guards in the process physically beat up some of those who came to the aid of this lady and striped the lady to her underwear right in public glare.

The questions at hand are:

Could Harry Arogundade given his official responsibilities have been in so much of a hurry to fulfil an assignment in defence of the nation at the time?

If so, is Uzoma Okere not an important component of that nation he would claim to be defending?

If the assignment was so important, how come Harry Arogundade’s ratings had enough time to carry out this dastardly act?

Is providing security for the nation not indirectly providing security of life and property for the citizens of that nation?

If Harry Arogundade does not care about protecting the dignity and life of Uzoma Okere, a citizen of Nigeria, how can he claim to protect Nigeria?

Nigerians at home and abroad are very much concerned at the way power intoxicates those that wield it in the nation and call on the appropriate institution to ensure that Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade is used as a scapegoat in safeguarding the rights of the common Nigerian.

For a virtual clip of the occurrence, see:

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-134234

For opinions of Nigerians home and abroad, see:

http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/forum/main-square/26440-naval-ratings-beat-strip-lady-naked.html

What the people are asking is that this matter will not just be settled amicably as has always been the case but Rear Admiral Arogundade be striped of his privileges until he can conveniently answer to charges of human rights abuse and be found not guilty of these charges. Also his ratings whether acting on instruction or not should be discharged from their offices and also face human rights charges as this will serve as a lesson to those who in same vein blindly follow instruction.

I, as well as millions of fellow Nigerians, believe you will yet again use your highly esteemed office as the President of Nigeria and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces to protect life and property of the Nigerian as you said in your words on 29 May 2007, “...we will move quickly to ensure security of life and property, and to make investments safe”.

Thank you and God bless. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.



Elizabeth Oluwakemi Moses

Middlesex, UK
Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Gbenga posted on 11-06-2008, 03:46:15 AM
Video of this sad incident can be viewed on this link.
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-134234

Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
By Olalekan Adetayo (The Punch)
Published: Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008


Six armed naval ratings attached to a Rear Admiral went berserk on Monday in Lagos, beating up a lady identified as Uzoma Okere.

By the time the madness ended, Okere, who was forcibly handcuffed, was left with a battered face, blood-shot eyes and bruises all over her body.

She is currently receiving treatment at Kamorass Hospital in Victoria Island.

Our correspondent learnt that the incident happened at about 6pm on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Okere's offence was that she did not quickly give way for the ratings' bossĀ‘ two-car convoy on her way home in her Mitsubishi colt.

According to eyewitnesses, the naval ratings hit the lady with their gun butts and beat her with horsewhip, and also allegedly attacked another occupant of her car for attempting to come to her rescue.

The Rear Admiral, simply identified as Arogundade, was said to be inside a Peugeot 406 car marked NN 357 A 02 at the time of the incident.

Instead of apprehending his men, the naval officer was alleged to have blamed the lady for holding on to the ratingsĀ‘ uniforms while they were beating her.

He was also quoted as saying that the lady should thank her stars that she survived the beating from his men.

Members of staff of Price WaterHouse Coopers, who reportedly witnessed the incident and later protested the harassment in front of the house where the naval officer entered on the same street, were also allegedly beaten up by the ratings, on the instruction of their boss.

A popular comedian who witnessed the incident but spoke on the condition of anonymity, told our correspondent on the telephone that he saw blood and the battered eyes of the victim.

The victim later told our correspondent on her hospital bed on the telephone that she was heading towards Mile 2 from the Lagos Island where she worked when the incident happened.

Okere, who claimed that she had a military background, said immediately she saw Arogundade's convoy, she knew that a Rear Admiral was inside the car and she quickly gave way.

She said, "We were all in the traffic. I heard a siren behind me. One of them came out to control the traffic. I was moving to the left when he suddenly pulled me out. They dragged me into the house tore my clothes. I was beaten up mercilessly. My head is really swollen with bruises all over me."

She added that she managed to get her colleagues to call her father who works in Abuja to speak with the Rear Admiral on phone.

"My father spoke with the man on the phone later but he lied to him (her father) that I was fighting with his men. They would have beaten the two other ladies in my car like they did to my male colleagues if not for the fact that they are pregnant," she added.

Okere said she had contacted a human rights lawyer who advised her not to report to any police station since the case involved a senior officer.

She said the Rear Admiral later gave her the shirt she wore to the hospital in a condescending manner.

"He never apologised for the abuse and criminal act," she added.

But the Information Officer, Western Naval Command, Commander, Foluso Ajibulu, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone said that both parties were already resolving the matter.

Ajibulu said, "The information we had was that the lady in question is the daughter of a retired colonel. May be it was her background that made her to snatch a horsewhip from one of the escort men."

He admitted that the security man would not have taken the matter lightly with the lady and that might have led to the assault on her.
Re: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Lizmoses posted on 11-06-2008, 04:13:19 AM
Salstep,

I love our lawyers on NVS, they have a way with choosing their cases.

I want to believe it has to do with their training, it is better to go for a case where the facts are there. In this case, the facts are glaring but to buttress what Soul sista and Tonsoyo seem to be hammering on, what if in the middle of the case, the lady succumbs to pressure possibly from her folks to resolve it the military way?

We are only third parties you know and if the person whose rights are violated does not want to proceed with legal suit then wetin consign agbero with overload, permit my language.

The only other option is to keep speaking about these sort of issues and somehow it will give people the courage to stand up and fight for their rights.

I also hope you will not mind my adding that you kindly leave out insinuations, I think I'm also learning to deal with matter on hand and not mix up issues as this can sometime send the wrong message. As you have called though, it will be good if respectnigerians.com can also take this up as one of its projects. If we can do it successfully abroad, I strongly believe we can do it successfully at home.



By the way, I have noticed communication with groups and government bodies in Nigeria is a real trouble. If you google name of any group or government body in developed countries, you will see their contacts, Nigerian groups and bodies sell themselves and their works but unfortunately they are incommunicado.

Can anyone help with email links for:

Office of Mr President (found one on Yaradua2007.com but returned back full, wonder what the administrator is doing)
National Human Rights Commission - Nigeria
Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre

Thank you.
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