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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Did we really expect something else?
One thing is certain if these officers were face with the same situation in Dafur in Sudan i am very sure they will all take to there heels.
They run for cover one time............Shameless people.
Mad dogs again: Private soldiers beat up Major's daughter before a grateful boss
By JOE EFFIONG, Uyo
Monday, November 24, 2008
Junior military personnel went berserk again last week in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State when four of them physically assaulted 20-year-old daughter of a retired Major.
Trouble came for Miss Praise Umoren, a final year accounting student at University of Uyo, when she stood in front of her father's residence to await a motorbike.
One of the military personnel serving as security men at the residence of a senior government functionary, directly opposite the Umoren's house, scared away two motorbikes that stopped to carry her. When she protested, the soldier whom she alleged had wooed unsuccessfully in the past, pounced on her and gave her the beating of her life.
Just as the dust raised by brutalization of Uzoma Okere, the daughter of retired army officer by some naval ratings in Lagos is beginning to settle, this incidence of another daughter of a retired army major been subjected to despicable brutality by the lowest ranking army personnel private soldiers, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has rekindled questions on the conduct of junior military personnel outside of duty.
And like the Lagos episode where the rear admiral was said to be watching with flourish, the "boss" to the army boys was alleged to have been enjoying the scene from the balcony of his residence, were said to have gone berserk on Monday when, Praises, one of the daughters of Major John Umoren (rtd), tried to mount a commercial motorcyclist in front of her father's residence, opposition Etim's residence, to Itam market.
The 20-yearold final year accounting student of the University of Uyo, who is now supporting her sprained hand with a string, told The Sun that the solider who had on previous occasions, tried unsuccessfully to woo her, harassed the first cyclist away from the place.
"I flagged down a second cyclist and again he came and chased away the man. It was at that point that I told him that he had no right in a democratic polity to harass innocent people. But immediately, he pulled his belt and started beating me; pushed me down, sat on me and started punching me," the distraught lady narrated last Wednesday when she was discharged from the hospital.
Unable to watch her elder sister being pummelled by a seeeming lust-struck, desperate private solider, the 18-year old younger brother of Praises, Anietie, rushed in to rescue her by holding the soldier, who ironically could not free himself until three of his colleagues came out and descended on the boy, using gun butts, boots and belt to deal with him, accusing him of joining her sister to beat up a soldier.
"They said I was trying to disarm their colleague; that they were taking me to the station", Anietie Udosen told The Sun.
The melodrama, which resulted in two of the retired major's children being sent to the hospital, was only halted with the intervention of some courageous sympathisers, even as it was alleged that the home owner and his wife were watching the sordid show live from the balcony of their house without issuing any order to restrain the military boys.
"I was woken up by the commotion. I got there and saw my son being beaten like a criminal by the soldiers. They didn't respect my intervention despite the fact that they all know me as a retired officer. It is even against the rule for soldiers to guard a civilian even a state governor, not to talk of a lower officer," Major Udosen explained.
Incidentally, the soldiers, who are said to have been hurriedly replaced, were said to have come from the 6th Motorized Battalion, Abak; the same battalion Udosen said he commanded after leaving the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1974. "By then, it was at Warri, before it was moved to Iseyin in Oyo State. It continued its movement till it came to Abak. It has never changed its name."
Udosen is not however taking the issue lightly. He has already written a petition to the Chief of Defence Staff narrating everything to the Defence boss.
Apart from that, he added that so far he had spent N60,000 to treat his children, who he stated, suffered internal bleeding, broken skull and ribs with possible blood clot in the brain. He also made a serious observation: "These solders have no discipline and no proper training and in a democracy as we are practising today in the country, this calibre of soldiers cannot represent the Armed Forces in the civil society."
The reaction from home owner was still being awaited when this report was filed, as he was not around when our correspondent called at his office. The ministry's information officer, could not equally honour her promise to provide the boss's response.
i have a pic of them running in darfur. one in bathroom slippers, the other dragging ghana must go bag.
Pls. access link below for wrist band quotes:
SoulSista seems to be coordinating this effort - check your PM. Let's join in and work towards this goal.
Please lets have them.
Uzoma Okere: Navy board submits report to Presidency
Written by Adeleke Adeseri
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
....FG's reaction due tomorrow
The report of the naval board of enquiry into the November 3 alleged assault on Miss Uzoma Okere by some naval ratings in the convoy of Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade in Lagos is on its way to the Presidency which sources said will make its position known on Thursday.
However, Vanguard learnt yesterday that the report, which is quite revealing, unraveled what actually transpired that day.
One of the key discoveries, the sources said, came from the accounts rendered by three eyewitnesses that testified before the board.
According to them, “Rear Admiral Arogundade’s car was about 100 metres ahead of the point where Uzoma encountered the ratings. The panel also analyzed a telecast in which Miss Okere admitted that Arogundade was not there.”
The board of enquiry was set up by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Isiah Ibrahim, on the order of the Chief of Defense Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike earlier directed to look into the matter by the presidency.
“As things are, the board headed by the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sylvester Umosen submitted its report to the Chief of Naval Staff last Friday and it got to the Chief of Defense Staff on Monday who in turn forwarded it to the Presidency yesterday,” a source close to the board said.
According to him, “it is unfortunate that Miss Okere is claiming that her efforts to appear before the board was frustrated. Anyway, the truth of the matter will soon be revealed as the panel has the transcript of the telephone conversation of the times she was invited and her responses which shows clearly that she deliberately shunned the proceedings.”
Vanguard also learnt yesterday that efforts are being made to obtain the transcript of the discussion between Rear Admiral Arogundade and the girl’s father from MTN, the service provider. The transcript is expected to resolve the controversy over whether Captain Okere (rtd) who is the Sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly actually begged the naval officer over her daughter’s conduct or not.
Meanwhile, the Police which is also carrying out an independent investigation into the matter is said to have hit a brick wall because of “procedural error”.
“The Police instead of going through naval authorities, invited the affected senior officer directly which of course he could not honour because of the mode of invitation,” Vanguard learnt yesterday.
Miss Uzoma Okere, the young lady who was allegedly brutalised by naval ratings on November 3, 2008 on Victoria Island, Lagos, petitioned President Aimer Yar’Adua, asking for a full scale investigation into the incident.
The petition dated November 5, just two days after the incident, was written by her lawyers, Festus Keyamo Chambers.
The President then directed the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Paul Dike, to investigate the matter.
Acting on the President’s directive, the CDS asked the naval headquarters to carry out “a full and thorough investigation” into the incident and to report to him immediately.
While confirming that the president has actually ordered the investigation, the Special Adviser to the President on Communications, Mr Segun Adeniyi, however, said the outcome of the investigations by the Chief of Defence Staff would determine the next line of action by the president.
I am confused here. I didn't know service providers in Nigeria keep a transcript of telephone conversations Somebody please help me understand. Something not even possible in the west. Except of course its the spy agency of the govt.
Salstep, with respect, even in the West, they do keep it. In the United Kingdom, under the Data Protection Act, such personal information must be kept for six years and made available to data subjects on request and payment of the required fees under the Data Protection Act 1998, section 7.