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.
Oh yes, the same white folks whose,RACIST, GREEDY, SELFISH AND DEMONIC, ECONOMIC POLICIES, is strangling African countries that resulted in many disasters and youths unemployment etc.
that is why most have chosen to go to Ireland in particular and europe in general to seek asylum as a way of SURVIVAL.
Oh yes, the same white folks who invaded Africa like VULTURES and PLUNDERED it resources to develop europe.
Oh yes, the same white folks that are stealing our oil, (that is why BP and Shell) are still declaring astronomical profits to develop europe, while citizens of oil producing countries are walloping in porverty.
Oh yes, the same white folks who were driven away from Zimbabwe, for stealing the people wealth for their GREEDY AND SELFISH end.
Oh yes, the time has now come for people to stand up for their rights. It is no longer business as usual, for the while folks to trample on our rights with impunity and get away with it.
The same white folks in whose countries your thieving leaders hide their stolen wealth
The same white farmers who were practically begged by Nigeria to come help salvage their poor agriculture industry. Your government gave them free land and money. How much land and money has your government given to its own farmers? All the land in Abuja have been stolen by a few.
Why do you not send SHELL and other foreign oil companies away and then see how much longer you can last.
Bode George=white man?
Iyabo Obasanjo=white woman?
Nigeria is indeed a shameful waste of space. The earlier it is dismantled the better.
it is interesting that the mere filing of a suit can excite some Nigerians - some countries do have them indeed.
What are the reliefs sought even according to this report ? Did anyone bother to PAY ATTENTION TO THIS:
Is anyone paying attention to details.
Is Nigerian law operational in the UK? This i need someone to educate me.
But as per the reliefs sought, i am of the opinion that the lawyers are just COWARDS. The main culprit is the UK police going by the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.
Na wa for Nigerian educated elite. Do you still wonder why we are called "third world"
This is nothing but CHEAP PUBLICITY for NBA
So BA is assisting the police in the detention of somebody? Is this an inverse thinking or what ? This matter is getting funny, very funny.
I bet some people were paid by BA to throw spanners in works! You shall never succeed. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, there were those in the black community who said she was troublesome because they were content to let things continue to play thet way they were. But that move, though little, became the rallying point for a movement. This may yet become the reference point for other airlines. Should we succeed in this endeavour, it will dawn on them that Nigerians are not to be towed with lightly.
So stop your BAism here please.
I can't stop laughing. The matter is getting funnier and funnier. You are not lying there. Third world is a compliment. You mean the worst of the 1000th world of nations?
The only thing I can see from all this is that the people God has blessed are blessed forever. On the flip side of this tragedy, the people God has cursed, remain cursed for ever.
Nigeria is definitely in the cursed category.
Though this case may fall as a result of jurisdictional issues. However it would had achieved exactly what the NBA wanted. Heat on BA as a result of the play it would get in the press. I think this action was filed more for its nuisance value. It is all well and good.
Dewdrops reminds me of another fiery naija babe, Almondjoy, in nairaland. Hahaha. Fire on baby.
he he he he he.
Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies.
Excuse me, in as much as I believe in freedom of expression, nevertheless, I think that your post is not only politically incorrect, but also morally wrong and unmatured. Are you trying to blackmail bennie?
The reason most of your posts end up in the Off topic section I gather. Personal attacks. Please contribute to the topic if you don't mind.