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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 - Update
Seguno2 posted on 03-14-2009, 05:26:47 AM
Assault: Uzoma Okere wins round one

Tony Amokeodo


JUSTICE Opeyemi Oke of a Lagos High Court, on Wednesday, dismissed the preliminary objection of Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade and the Nigerian Navy, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear a suit by Miss Uzoma Okere.

The lady was reportedly assaulted by six naval ratings attached to the convoy of Arogundade on November 3, 2008 on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Okere and Abdulahi Abdulazeez had dragged Arogundade, NN and Unknown Naval Ratings to court and demanded N100m damages.

But the defendants had filed objection, claiming that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the suit.

In her ruling, Justice Oke held that a prima facie case had been established against Arogundade, NN and Unknown Naval Ratings.

The judge also awarded N25,000 costs against the defendants.

Justice Oke also berated Arogundade and other defendants for wasting the time of the court, saying that the objection lacked merit.

She said, "I hold that the Notice of Preliminary objection and the grounds upon which same is brought is mere waste of the time of the court and it is brought in bad faith to delay the hearing of the applicants‘ suit for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights.

"I hold that the preliminary objection has no leg on which to stand or knee caps to crawl before this court. It is hereby dismissed with N25,000 costs against the respondents."

The judge further held that Okere and Abdulazeez had duly complied with the provisions of Order 1 Rule 2 (3) of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 1979.

She further held that since the court was satisfied that a prima facie case had been made, the court had no alternative than to grant leave to the plaintiffs to enforce their rights.

She said, "I have exercised my discretion on this application for leave for the enforcement of applicants' fundamental rights judiciously and judicially, that a prima facie case has been made.

"I further hold that the applicants did comply with the preliminary steps for the enforcement of their fundamental rights."

Regarding the issue of service, which the NN and Unknown Naval Ratings claimed was not properly effected, the court held that the defendants had been duly served with the originating summons, affidavit in support and the verifying affidavit.

The court also held that the contention of the defendants that the NN was not served with the originating summons at its headquarters at Plot 1092, Mohammed Buhari Way, Area 7, Garki, Abuja, was misconceived.

She pointed out that the NN and Unknown Naval Ratings were aware of the suit having been served through their Lagos office and represented by a lawyer.

The court held that the Lagos office of the NN had the responsibility to pass the information to the defendants, saying that to declare otherwise would only make a ridicule of the law.

Justice Oke later adjourned the case till March 18.

http://www.punchng.com/article_comments.aspx?theartic=Art200903124322576
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Bob posted on 03-23-2009, 18:35:04 PM
regrouping after a rebel attack.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Dapxin [RIP] posted on 05-26-2009, 08:59:20 AM
from twitterfeed:

234nextLagos/Nigeria - State high court stalls hearing on Navy’s appeal to cross examine Uzoma Okere, who was assaulted by Naval ratings
about 2 hours ago from web
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Dapxin [RIP] posted on 12-14-2009, 16:45:06 PM
http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art200912141413478

Uzoma Okere: Too long a road to justice

QUOTE:


Olalekan Adetayo



By the time Justice Opeyemi Oke of a Lagos High Court delivers judgment in a N100m assault suit instituted by Miss Uzoma Okere and her friend, Abdulahi Abdulazeez, against Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade, the Nigerian Navy and four naval ratings, the case would have been on for more than 14 months.

Oke is billed to deliver judgment in the suit filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by an agency of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Office of Public Defender, and Mr. Olaniran Obele of the firm of Ikeyi and Arifayan on January 24, 2010.

The alleged assault happened in broad daylight at Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on November 3, 2008. Okere was on her way to Mile 2 from Lagos Island where she worked.

The lady was later discovered to be a daughter of the Sergeant-At-Arms of the National Assembly, Col. Emmanuel Okere (rtd).

In the process of clearing the way for their boss whose convoy was stuck in a traffic jam like every other person, six armed naval ratings attached to Arogundade reportedly went berserk. They allegedly beat up Okere who was driving a Mitsubishi Colt car marked MQ 34 KJA at the time and stripped her naked in the full glare of other road users.

By the time the madness ended, the lady, who was forcibly handcuffed, was left with a battered face, blood-shot eyes and bruises all over her body. She was immediately admitted and treated at Kamorass Hospital, not too far from the scene of the bloody encounter.

The rampaging naval ratings reportedly hit the lady with their gun butts and beat her with horsewhip.

They also allegedly attacked Abdulazeez, who was in the car with her, for attempting to come to her rescue.

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 ratings‘ uniforms while they were beating her.

The victim, while relaying her bitter experience to our correspondent on the telephone from her hospital bed 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 and 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 to speak with the Rear Admiral on phone.

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

But the Nigerian Navy attributed the incident to provocation from the victim. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore David Naibada, alleged that Okere provoked one of the naval ratings when she stepped out of her car that was in front of the admiral‘s convoy and seized the horsewhip he was holding.

Naibada accused the victim of making up stories to embarrass the admiral “who incidentally was a junior officer to her father when the duo were in the military school together.”

But Okere, at a joint press conference organised by the Real Woman Foundation and Women Arise in Lagos, said the naval spokesman did not tell the truth.She said the ratings started beating her before she managed to step down from her car.

Okere said, “It will take a mad man to snatch a horsewhip from an armed man and start beating the armed man. I am not a mad person and so I could not have done that.

“The guys beat me while I was still inside the car. I don‘t know what emboldened me to drag the injustice they meted out on me with them, what I know is that they wronged me and I won‘t take it.”

But an associate of the Rear Admiral, Mr. Lanre Osodi, who claimed to be with Arogundade when the case was reported to him, claimed that Okere confirmed to the rear admiral that she snatched a ratings horsewhip.

Oshodi, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, however, said that he relied on the account of the incident narrated to the naval boss by the ratings when they dragged the victim to him inside the house.

When contacted on the telephone, Arogundade said he could not speak on record until he got a clearance from naval authorities.

Since THE PUNCH exclusively published the story detailing the lady‘s ordeal in the hands of the ratings, the newspaper has been inundated with reactions from its readers both at home and in the Diaspora who felt that the lady’s fundamental rights were unjustly violated.

Since the report, however, our correspondents and columnists have been receiving threat telephone calls from unidentified persons.

Human rights activists and hundreds of the newspapers‘ online readers reacted to the story, describing the act as barbaric and called for the prosecution of the perpetrators.

The reactions came at a time when some concerned Lagosians who witnessed and recorded the dastardly act on a camcoder released its video footage to the public.

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, at a news conference in Lagos said, ”I want to add my voice to the uproar that has been generated by that admiral in the brutalisation of this woman. If that admiral is not prosecuted, civil organisations will institute actions against him.

“This abominable kind of conduct has got to stop. This animal conduct on the part of our uniformed services must end.”

In her reaction, the Director, Gender Development Action, Ms. Ada Agina-Ude, described the assault on the lady as a display of raw power, calling on lawyers, women and human rights activists, to rally round the lady with a view to getting justice.

Another activist, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, while describing the incident as condemnable and barbaric, said all those involved should be brought to book.

Also, the Deputy Director, Women Advocacy and Documentation Research Centre, Mrs. Grace Ketefe, said the naval ratings‘action was against the dignity of a woman.

Other groups that expressed interest in the issue were the Project Alert, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, the Action Congress and the National Human Rights Commission among others.

After the THE PUNCH’s report, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), also hosted the victim in his office where he promised the state government‘s support in her quest to get justice.

The Senate Committee on Navy also asked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Isaiah Ibrahim, to explain the circumstances leading to the harassment

The Senate committee‘s reaction was sequel to the petition by the victim‘s father, urging it to look into the matter with the view to bringing his daughter‘s attackers to justice.

In a petition presented to both the Senate Committees on Navy and Defence, Okere described the attack as unlawful and condemnable.

The Nigerian Navy also ordered an investigation into the incident. Naibada and the Director of Policy, Captain Henry Babalola, while confirming the development, assured Nigerians that anyone found to be directly or remotely connected with the incident would be sanctioned if found guilty.

Okere and Abdulazeez are asking the court to declare the acts of the respondents in torturing and stripping Okere naked as ruthless, brutalising and unlawful and that her arrest without any justification as equally unlawful and unconstitutional.

Oke had earlier held that a prima facie case had been established against Arogundade, the Nigerian Navy and the unknown Naval Ratings.

The judge also awarded N25,000 costs against the defendants. and berated them for wasting the time of the court, saying that their earlier objection lacked merit.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Ajibs posted on 12-14-2009, 18:47:20 PM
Dapxin
Thanks for keeping tabs on this story. This is the problem with courts worldwide, they take quite a long time to get resolved, especially when defending lawyers can use all kind of gynamics to extend the case. So long as she wins the case at the end of the day, it would have been worth the wait and also it will point to ordinary Nigerians what to do when they get on the wrong side of those mad zombies who call themselves military men. Also the sane ones in the military will take note and stop such nonsense... Possibly.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
I Love Nigeria posted on 12-14-2009, 19:09:52 PM
Uzoma Okereke only "offense" was her audacity... she assaulted the fragile egos of those puny uniformed men... by seizing their horsewhip .... instead of just laying down and die... (take a million lashes) and be thrashed by those trash in our national uniforms.How about challenging the those Cameroonian boys in Bakassi to test or compare gallantry?

I find it too irritating, to hear the admiral say, without embarrassment or remorse
QUOTE:
\"we would have flogged the other women, except that they were pregnant!\"
Shame!

QUOTE:
But the Nigerian Navy attributed the incident to provocation from the victim. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore David Naibada, alleged that Okere provoked one of the naval ratings when she stepped out of her car that was in front of the admiral‘s convoy and seized the horsewhip he was holding.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Dapxin [RIP] posted on 01-11-2010, 08:29:18 AM
13 days to go to the court judgement here....we ll see.
Re: Meanwhile, in Nigeria: Naval ratings beat, strip lady naked
Auspicious posted on 06-07-2010, 19:22:14 PM
+

Okay, I thought this was done already.

This is from today's (Monday's) edition of the The Nation
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Uzoma Okere: Court orders Navy, Rear Admiral to pay N100m
Joseph Jibueze | The Nation
Monday, June 07, 2010.

A Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, yesterday ordered the Nigerian Navy and Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade to pay the N100 million awarded to Miss Uzoma Okere and Mr Abdulahi Abdulazeez into an interest-yielding account until the judgment-debtors' appeal at the Court of Appeal is determined.

Justice Opeyemi Oke refused the Navy's and Arogundade's application for a stay of execution of the judgment, saying the sum must be paid into an acoount at First Bank of Nigeria Plc to be opened by the court's registrar.

She ordered the suspension of the publication of "unreserved apology" to the victims in The Guardian, The Nation, and ThisDay newspapers, and on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Africa Independent Television (AIT), Raypower and Cool FM until the appeal is determined.

This, she explained, is to save the judgment-debtors unnecessary expenses in case their appeal succeeds.

She ruled on the Navy's and Arogundade's application seeking a stay of execution of the judgment she delivered on January 27.

Refusing the application, Justice Oke said a successful litigant should not be deprived of the fruits of his judgment except there are exceptional circumstances, which must be "special and strong."

She explained that this was necessary to prevent an abuse of the court process and defeat the purpose of a judgment.

Justice Oke said: "Granting a stay of execution is at the discretion of the court. Such discretion must be exercised judiciously and judicially.

"The judgment debtors/applicants have not adduced any special or exceptional circumstances to warrant the grant of this application."

She had, on January 27, ordered Rear Admiral Arogundade, the Navy and four ratings to pay Miss Okere and Mr Abdulazeez N100 million for assaulting the two.

The four naval ratings – C.I. Jeremiah, S.A. Bullem, S.A. Kaniga and Francis Okolaogu – assaulted Miss Okere and Abdulazeez on November 5, 2008, for allegedly delaying them in traffic on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, while on the convoy of the Rear Admiral.

Justice Oke held that the "ruthless brutalising" of Miss Okere and Mr Abdulazeez by the men she described as "barbaric" was unlawful and constituted a violation of their fundamental human rights.

The judge ordered them to offer an "unreserved apology" to the victims in the media.
Re: Watch Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade
Waxxi brodiyu posted on 10-25-2010, 05:19:45 AM
God will punish that crass Arogundade of a Naval general for striping of girl in the public, may because of his lecherous demented training he under studied from those bumboklaat slave drivers is telling on him, why didn't he use his daughters as an example. stupid klaat.
Re: Watch Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade
Ajibs posted on 10-25-2010, 10:04:15 AM
Hey NVS, do we still have something like that outstanding villager / Nigerian award? If yes, I hereby nominate Justice Opeyemi Oke, The two victims of the brutal attack and most importantly, the person that was smart, courageous and bold enough to record the video and upload to You Tube.
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