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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‘My Ordeal In The Hands Of Naval Ratings’—Brutalised Woman
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Twenty-seven-year-old Uzoma Okere has narrated her ordeal in the hands of some Naval officers to governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state, saying she was manhandled by them.
Okere said the naval men, attached to Rear Admiral Olufemi Arogundade, Monday night, on Victoria Island, assaulted her and tore her clothes.
She said the officers had asked her to stop since their boss was on the same road. ”I tried to move my car to the left side of the road but before I knew what was happening, one of them came out of a car in the convoy of the naval officer and whipped me while I was still seated in my car.
“I came out and I held on to the whip. Four other ratings rushed at me, held my hands and tried to put a handcuff on me. “One of them tore my shirt. I tried to adjust it and get back into the car but they whipped me,” she narrated, adding that a man who tried to challenge them, was hit on the head with the butt of a gun.
“They dragged out the other ladies in my car, both of them were pregnant women and beat them up. “While all this was going on, they pulled me into the compound where the Rear Admiral had driven into and I was screaming for someone to call my dad. One of my colleagues got the phone and called my father,” she said.
Her father spoke with the Rear Admiral on phone and the Admiral told her that he knew her father at the Nigeria Military School.
“My father was his senior, I think my father was in class five while he was in year one. After that, the Rear Admiral said I could go and I said I can’t go with my shirt torn.
“He asked one of his guys to get me a shirt. As I was going out, I met a mob and they asked whether he apologised and I said no. They asked me to wait until he apologised.
“A couple of minutes later, he tried to drive out but the mob stopped him. He went back and his guys came out with whips and were ready to shoot anybody. They whipped some people who waited,” she added. Governor Fashola condemned the inhuman treatment of Okere by the naval men and assured her that justice would be done to the case.
“As a member of government, even though they (the naval officers) are not an agency of the state government, I will apologise to you. Those who exercise authority in the state, and have the responsibility of protecting you have actually turned against you.
“This matter has been brought to my attention by e-mails. At this moment, I can assure you that our democracy will protect you. You will get justice” he assured the lady.
The governor said he has summoned the Solicitor-General of the state and the head of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD). “They will meet you and hear your story in details and continue to advise you,” he said.
Fashola said the state government was ready to offer the lady free legal assistance, adding that he would make a representation to president Umaru Yar’Adua on the matter.
“I am sure that you will get justice. The wheel of justice may turn slowly but we will turn this one to go fast. I don’t think any act of provocation could have justified what I have seen but it remains to be heard from the other side what happened,” he said.
I did wonder if the Navy rule of engagement extend to land? abi no be water dem suppose dey?
Com. animaldump is a m.o.r.o.n. and he too needs to be dishonorably discharged for such an uneducated and non-diplomatic utterance. For crying out loud, this douche-bag supposed to be a spokesperson for the Nigerian navy. How did he get to that rank and position? Oh, I forgot we are talking about Nigeria here. The yellow bellied id1ot concluded the investigation even before the so called investigation kicked off.
Nonsense and ingridients.
Maybe in Nigeria sha because I know for a fact that in other civilised countries, no Director of Information can come out with that rubbish Nabaida came out with without being embarrased. But as someone else mentioned, lets focus on the main issue.
Yes its a system, NO thats not how it works.....when u defend something , defend with facts......he said "what really happened" ...thats falsehood cos first of all he wasnt there...he can never tell what really happened..or maybe its his choice of words ...if he had said....according to the ratings , what happened was ....then okay maybe hes making a statement....did you read his piece ??
Public defenders are different for ppl in authority....Lawyers public defenders are paid to present a case in court armed with facts to convince the jury and the judge on whatever their notion is....."they would say what really happened was...according to so, so and so evidence".....again, convince , armed with facts...not just talking out of their butthole...., if he can prove otherwise , by maybe producing his own video with an audio to actually confirm all he said , then he would have my audience, I would listen to him, but nope he just came back and typed like he was taking a shiit or two in the bathroom....
To me it shows he is irresponsible with words and as a person in that position thats just dangerous, we cannot afford ppl who are not articulated to hold that amount of power , u cannot afford to be irresponsible with power lest u missuse it....this is the crux of Nigeria's problems, we dont have the right ppl at several positions in goverment and it reflects on us all, the society , read Gov Fashola's response and see how well articulated he was, the Gov also needs to defend the state's image, and he did it with well articulated words , why cant Mr David apply much sense to the things he releases to the press, dont you know the magnitude of which his post holds?....
we are not losing focus here.....trust me , we still on the same issue, bt know this, out of this will come out many flaws and problems that needs to be identified and fixed to have a better Nigeria.
Maybe you have not visited many countries. Some excuses that have been offered by various White House spokespersons in defense of some of President Bush's policy will make you want to puke.
These people have to say something to defend their establishment in difficult and sometimes emotionally charged situations.
It is like cutting a head off, because of headache, to request his sack in the circumstances.
I do not know how many court rooms you have visited, but I am learning new things from you today about how Public Defenders present their cases.
He is not before any court of law, his own is to diseminate the information on behalf of the Navy to minimize the damage already done to image of his establishment.
Fashola does not work with the Navy, his own primary loyalty is to the Civil society as an elected Governor.
Ten different people can be looking at the same video and see ten different things. That is the way he is able to interpret what he saw on the video, at least from the Navy perspective.
Even if he is wrong, calling for his sack of all available punishments is ridiculous.
A Few Good Men
Ref. Governor Fashola's Response:
I just said a silent prayer for Governor Fashola, and I also prayed that if he is sincere as I suspect he is, may we find many more like him in Nigeria. Tonsoyo is right about Fashola; there is a certain decency about that man that is uncommon about many a Nigerian politician. It's like the thinking and orientation of the average Nigerian leader is so backward, it's unbelievable.
It is really heartbreaking how heartless people have become - that an educated Naval Officer of the Nigerian Navy will precide over the inhuman treatment of another fellow citizen, for no apparent sin other than the fact that his assumed privileges (to bully his way through traffic) was allegedly infringed upon or encumbered by this lady.
I hope he is not only severely disciplined for the brutality he encouraged, but that he is jailed for this offense - if only to serve as a strong deterrent to others like him out there. No ordinary citizen has a right to travel with blaring sirens except the Chief-Executive of the state or the President. Too bad our leaders don't care about all these important things...
Yes Tonsoyo. Except in this case he opens the Navy to public ridicule or is it opprobium? Like most public relations practioners in the army, he sought to defend colleagues without ascertaining the full situation of things. Did he see the video before making that awful and irresponsible statement? Did he realise that the video is already in public and international media, the internet?
If he had the training and had any respect for himself and the Navy he wanted to protect, he would have said something like, \" We have a case involving an assault on a lady reported to us. The navy is conducting an investigation. The public should be rest assured that the outcome of the investigation would be released to the relevant authourities in due course.\" This may look like because I have the power of hindsight. NO. This is the type of things taught to people who hold public relations job.
The unprofessional act of commodore Nabaida is borne out of the comtempt to which the public is held by military personnel over many years. They are yet to awake to the fact, that under democracy, they are first and foremost subjects of the civil laws.
While I may not agree that Naibaida be dismissed , he needs to go back to school and be retrained for the PR. job. He is incompetent at the moment.
The paradigm changes brought about by technology is dealing several blows on Nigerian antiquated apparatuses of the state, the military, civil service and the polity.
We refused to embrace CHANGE and changes are dealing blows on us, to our collective embarassment.
Our FAULT. The people like Obasanjo, PDP, UMYA are the people who benefitted from OLD WAYS of doing things. They can never be CHANGE AGENTS.
..and to whom's Navy's loyalty? The ocean? It's still to the people.
One doesn't have to be a world traveller to know something about human rights or civility.
The Navy perspective? What are you insinuating? Please cut them some slack - they have eyes. What else did they see that's different from the rest of us?