NBA, Others Drag BA to Court for Manhandling Country
29 April 2008
Posted to the web 29 April 2008
By Innocent Anaba
THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), its president, Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and a Nigerian citizen, Mr. Ayo Omotade, have dragged British Airways before a Lagos High Court, over the manhandling, molestation and inhuman treatment mated to Omotade, while aboard British Airways, last month for daring to question the inhumane treatment mated out to another Nigeria, being deported to Nigeria from Britain.
Omotade, who had while aboard British Airways, observed the deportation of a Nigerian, who was handcuffed, yet being further restrained and manhandled violently, had gently approached the officers tormenting the deportee and asked them not to kill him.
But was later told to get off the plane and not to travel with the airline because the cabin crew claimed he had been disruptive by questioning the noise being caused by the deportee that was removed.
Omotade, after being prevented from traveling, was later arrested, handcuffed and detained and is being prosecuted in London, over the money found on him, which he was bringing to his family in Nigeria.
Plaintiffs in the suit are further asking the court to declare that the arrest, detention, harassment, humiliation, intimidation, jettisoning, manhandling, molestation, persecution, threatening and tormenting of Omotade on or about March 27, 2008 on board the respondent's Flight BA075, from London to Lagos without warrant or lawful justification by British police and law enforcement officers, with the assistance, co-operation and support of the officers and crew of the respondent, in the circumstances of this case, are unlawful in the municipal laws of both Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
As well as in international law, and violate Omotade rights guaranteed him by sections 34(1), 35(1), 39(1), 41(1) and 42(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; articles 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 16(1), 19 and 23 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights; and articles 1 to 7, 9, 13 and 28 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The court is also asked for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondent, its officers or crew or any of them, whether by themselves, their agents, officers, privies or servants, or otherwise howsoever, from doing or attempting or purporting to do, or letting any authority or person do or attempt or purport to do on the respondent's flights, any of the following: arresting, detaining, harassing, humiliating, intimidating, jettisoning, manhandling, molesting, persecuting, threatening or tormenting Omotade, or in any other manner contravening the Omotade fundamental rights.
The applicants are contending that the suit is predicated on the grounds that the respondent's grievous desecration of the applicants' fundamental human rights offends not only the municipal laws of the jurisdictions to which the parties respectively belong, but also international law.
we are all in this together- or at least should be. All this taking of sides and being unwavering in our stance is counter-productive. I used to like the NVS a lot but this issue seems to have divided us in ways that would hurt the "square" worse than people recognise. Whichever way you look at it, NVS has achieved a considerable amount over the course of it's brief existence. We mustn't forget that.
I believe truthfully that potential members, people who'd have only recently learnt about this site, would be put off by a number of posts that have been put up here over the last month.
I oppose this anti-BA drive for reasons I already stated. I believe though that people who've chosen this course should however be allowed to get on with it. Similarly, I believe those who openly oppose it (salstep most notably) should not be shut down.
We must learn to handle criticism. It looks to me like this particular aspect of democracy (accommodating views contrary to ours) is missing in many of our correspondents' make-up ( I personally prefer foundation ).
Please people, we would all need to work together down the line, especially when it regards righting the wrongs in our damn country. We shouldn't be making enemies of one and another over this, abeg.
Allow the BA issue- and those who want to chase it- it's rightful place in the democratic setting that is NVS.
This has to have been the most controversial issue in all of the history of this website I suspect! But enough has to be enough. This is one dirty fight and it's tarnishing this place majorly.
You're right of course. All my people sabi is talk-talk. Wasn't it Fela that said "my pipul sef dey fear too much..... I no wan die....... My wife dey for house........ I wan enjoy"
People are chronically selfish and mentally lazy. They want everyone else, including their corrupt govt, to do everything for them. Paradise served on a platter.
Obviously it is going to cost the Naija money to bring these stranded Nigerians home no be so?
That is why they are not doing anything because money no dey to collect for dis one unlike the one from from BA.
I hear you my sister,
So what do you want to do?
When has three or four against 3000 been ever adjudged as a division. You keep on saying people are not allowing the oposition to speak..... This thread was opened by those who wanted to talk and wanted to protest. so tell me what someone who does not want to join keeps doing in the thread. so who is toking fire here. OK, we agree some people are against the protest, but why resort to distorting the story or even going as far as casting aspersion on the person of Mr Omotade. Some said they wanted to see pictures of efforts to fight govt back home, other said they wanted to hear BA side of the case, now they have heard BA side and they go ahead to take it as the gospel truth, are they saying BA cannot lie, but Mr Omotade is a liar????????.
Please those that do not want to protest should just siddon look and there will be no antagonization anywhere. chikena!!!
Have you articulated what the naija guys were doing in in the island and what was the Ghana Airways angle. are you saying we should take on Ghana airways or what. please let us know what you wanna do and lets see the merit and ofcourse , each and everyone can decide to join you or fashi you as the case may be.
Originally Posted by dem
The govt & NBA got involved because some of us contacted them. There's absolutely nothing stopping you from doing the same for these folks.
[B]Perhaps they are still waiting for someone to contact them on happening back home.Too bad if this the case[/B]
I'm not here to justify the actions of anyone. You are asking the wrong person questions such as "why resort to distorting the story or even going as far as casting aspersion on the person of Mr Omotade(?)".
I wouldn't know the answer to that any more than I'd know if someone actually went that far.
Speaking personally, I have not known an issue on NVS elicit the sort of sustained personalised attacks that this one has done. You should check the dumpster if in doubt. I've only been here for a year, in that time a few NVS drives have not only warmed the heart (Andrew Duku for instance) but also have been met with unanimous approval. Or so it seemed.
You have to agree with me that- on the surface at least- this one hasn't. Abi I lie? I speak from personal experience, heated arguments (the likes of which have been the norm with this topic) tend to leave lasting damage. Things best left unsaid, but said in the heat of the moment anyway, have a habit of causing needless permanent hatred.
The fact that I don't agree with this BA thing isn't reason for me or anyone else on the same page to be barred from reading the forum though, surely? Democracy baby!
But seriously, people should take a chill pill on both sides.
Maybe the reason our inept govt does what it does (or don't do) is because WE allow it?
It would be nice to see Nigerians make collective noise about this and other injustices handed out to Nigerians around the world then to defend a bunch of rowdy Nigerians who were booted of a flight because of Mr.'Big Chest' Omotade.