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.
[The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Let me tell you something. I love Nigeria dearly, more than you can ever claim in your subconscious, conscious, or unconscious moments ok? The reason I am wasting my precious time and energy on this website and many others. To prove to the world that not all Nigerians are as stupid as most of you.
You are here talking of "slavemasters" while the real ones in Nigeria have your conscience, not even your malnourished praying mantis-looking physical form mortgaged to the devil for generations to come.
Me hating? You are really daft! The reason you have the kinds of leaders you have, without the slightest shame or protest from dimwits like you, that do not give a flying fig about you enough to provide you with your own airlines, so you do not keep facing disgrace all over the world. Yes, Nigeria will continue to "grow" backwards with people like you who condone corruption and illiteracy. How has Nigeria grown in the past 10 years? Nigeria can only grow with people like you who were conceived, baptized, christened, confirmed and canonized in falshood.
You are your own slave master so no need to look past your nose!
This is a peace maker of the typical Nigerian mindset. How do you hope to make peace by labeling a party in a conflict with such gutter language as infantile, immature filth. I dont see anything the author wrote that is not a fact. Not holding brief though for Dewdrops, from all indications she is a smoking gun. I guess she is equal to the task.
I got an info to call one CHINUA ASUZU-Applicants' Counsel Mobile 0803 341 XXXX who's name appears on the affidavit sworn at the Lagos High court.
I placed a call straight to him to verify the reports and he did confirm that NBA/Ayo Omotade Vs BA is presently a case to be heard at the Lagos high Court and that he is the counsel to Mr Ayo Omotade!!!!
He further buttresed the point that the case is termed PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION of which Mr Ayo Omotade do not need to appear in court at all and that Mr Ayo Omotade reserves the rights to ask NBA and Mr Chinua Asuzu to withdraw the case if need be.
This has nothing to do with Mr Olisa Agbakoba whom we had initially appreciated his good legal works in Nigeria and that his name only appeared in the pages of the tabloids cos he is presently the Chairman of NBA.
It is Mr Ayo Omotade's understanding as explained that the Public Interest Litigation does not warrant him being present in court, he has since indicated that he would be contacting NBA in order to resolve any outstanding issues related to this matter.
We thank all the Nigerian organisations and friends of Nigeria who have so far contributed to getting justice for Mr Omotade.
Thank you all!
please guys there are some people whose posts arent worth replying to. There is a function available whereby you can ignore such villagers. i.e you dont see what they post. I have never used this function before today but a very sad sad woman [you know yourself] who is so angry with the world has taken stupidity to another level, so I have had to add her to my ignore list. Ignore these people. When they see that no one is engaging them they will gradually but surely return to their caves.
agbero in question, dont bother replying because I wont see it
Only Nigeria would entertain such a silly lawsuit. I even thought this was going to the "world court" with serious human rights violation penalties?
What a bunch of jokers! You damn right your Mr. Omotade should not appear in court, because he is to be taken straight to jail and his Nigerian citizenship revoked.
Please get your story straight once and for all before you come back to bother us with the pieces of your GSM tatafoism! Calling this and calling that. Please go and do your research properly or restrict yourself to the members of your village busybody clan. Some of us are frankly not interested.
What a bunch of local busy bodies! Please go and find some gainfull employment and stop your grandstanding.
Thank You Pappilo
This is quite ridiculous. Can we all behave like adults. People without a vast vocabulary usually resort to ignorance.
Precisely why I contested in the elections - to give a voice to the voiceless. Whatever I say on the internet, I say boldly in person. Also note that I said "SOME WHITE FOLKS", not all of them.
Have a great day.
Abeg take am easy now. if Togo Airlines fling us mid-air, where do u want make we drop? na atlantic ocean abi na sahara desert?
I think you are under a spell and would like you to maintain your distance as much as possible from me in this "village square" - Very funny.
Dewdrops, I love your fire. Did you for a moment stop to think that maybe if you presented your case without trying to prove that you are the only person that can think or reason, you would not come across as you do now. Because all these side noise in your posts are actually reducing any chance any of your posts have of being read. In which case your decision to waste your time here is not the brightest. It is a stupid idea wasting your time here for a lost cause. The words coming out of your fingers show the level of training you have, and I know that is not the image you are trying to present because your posts also show how you are desperate to showcase your wealth of wisdom, class and world knowledge. Maybe if you cleaned your posts up, people will engage you better.
If your point is that it is wrong for anyone to stand in the way of the law being carried out, A very high percentage of folks here will agree with you, so I don't see the basis for disagreement on that note.
If your point is that Ayo Omotade stood in the way of the law being enforced by speaking up and as such deserved what he got, state your position and your reasons without these needless emotions and interested people will engage you in a discussion. That much I can assure you.
You are making so much noise over nothing, that I wonder what you are desperate to prove. That you are wise? That phrase 'tis folly to be wise makes so much sense.
Thank you Chekereke !
BA must pay damages and face the music. I hope those Nigerian airlines that fly the London-Lagos route will rise to the occassion and improve their services. This is the time to patronise them. Where are you: Arik, Bellview and Virgin Nigeria? Let's continue concerted action untill BA starts recording a loss on this route !