NBA, Others Drag BA to Court for Manhandling Country

Vanguard (Lagos)


NEWS
29 April 2008
Posted to the web 29 April 2008

By Innocent Anaba
Lagos

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.


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Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Okenikpoto posted on 04-29-2008, 15:13:08 PM
They ain't seen nothing yet
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Oh Boy!! posted on 04-29-2008, 15:17:28 PM
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When next you post try to make it more than one line. That way we shall see how far you are distanced from ignorance. I wonder the connection between vast vocabulary and ignorance.


Any person with half a brain can list all the things wrong with Nigeria, but the harder part is coming up with solutions. What can you and I do to make a change? We all know Nigerians in Diaspora are the smartest and richest, so what is our excuse? You keep pointing to government, are they not Nigerians, like you and I. But we've let them have free reins of that country, because all we do is run to another country.

Every Nigerian is to blame, because all we do is talk about all the negatives of Nigeria, write long ridiculous grammars which don't accomplish a damn thing. What have you done, but run to another country?

You say Nigeria is a lost cause,maybe that is why foreigners decscend on that country in droves. They end up opening successful business and making millions. But you are in someone else's country punching in 9 to 5 trying to survive.

So go ahead and regurgiate what we already know. As you can see, it is very effective, you've been doing it for how long now? Look at all the positive results it has yielded.

I await your long grammar as usual !
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Salstep posted on 04-29-2008, 15:18:26 PM
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If you really meant well, you could have just passed on your message or advise to her through PM - after all, that's what it's meant for, or just keep quiet. The last thing you should have done was to give such advise in the public. If you really mean well for somebody, you don't need to let everybody know that you are advising her, moreover, on such a very sensitive issue. By insinuating that her opponent will dig out her post, you are indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, setting her opponent up against her, and giving them a weapon to fight her or bring her down. That's not fair. To me, it's more of BLACKMAIL and INTIMIDATION than a sincere desire to advise Bennie.

In my opinion, a WISE MAN does not talk about everything that he sees, hears, reads or smell. All you succeeded in doing was to embarrass her. I consider your post to be a BREACH OF TRUST. Bennie believed that she is among her countrymen, and was free to express her opinions. But your post changed everything. What you should also bear in mind is that not ALL villagers know the true identity of bennie. Only some of us do.


I will have to switch to read only mode on this forum.
What are u on about? I don't even know Bennie apart from reading her articles and posting on this board. So how can i be blackmailing her? Insinuating what? I stated the obvious. Ok i will communicate by PM with everyone from now on. Please.
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Tony posted on 04-29-2008, 15:23:56 PM
I am clearly in support of Dewdrops, Docokwy, Overdry and the other honest folks here who are facing the reality. Untill the Nigerian government improves the general situation of things back home, no nation of people or institution can respect or treat Nigerians with dignity.

During the Aikpitanhi protest which was also a very similar case, this link here below will take you to the opinion of one of the writers who wrote on the subject then.

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Osamuyiwa Aikpitanhi: 29th June 2007.Why I would not protest…..
Written by Eche Chidume
Thursday, 28 June 2007


‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’…Martin Luther King Jr.



The family of the late Mr. Osamuyia deserve all the condolence and commiseration they can get. The death of any relation is very difficult to bear not to talk of a son. A son, the desire and pride of every African family. The ‘guarantee’ of a continuation of a lineage. The reason for the break-up or a unifying factor in so many marriages. Had Osamuyia died in an automobile mishap, perhaps his death would have been easier to bear. Had he died of a sickness, his family would have been easier pacified, but this young man- we are told-was murdered. Callously and inhumanly cut down in the prime of his life by agents of the Spanish State. His offence? Murder? No! Drugs? No! Arson, affray, Illegal parking, shoplifting, assault, advance fee fraud? No! No! No! The only offence he committed was his objections to being deported back to Nigeria-His fatherland. Had Osamuyia quietly played along with the Spanish agents and consented to his deportation, perhaps he would still be alive today devising other means of getting out of Nigeria. My heart goes out to the Aikpitanhi family and they have the assurances of my prayers.



The much touted protests to take place in Spanish embassies worldwide on the 29th of June 2007 Is in my opinion a misguided enterprise and at best an exercise in hypocrisy. We, like the proverbial chicken, have left the knife that decapitated us to bear grudges against the cooking pot. While the protests would make for good photo ops and headline news, its very idea brings to the fore the pathological hypocrisy that has plagued us as a nation to date. Our national propensity for exhibitionism and drama and our blind pursuit of the abstract is once again on parade. Unfortunately, this time around, it is the untimely death of Osamuyia that is the excuse.

Why are we protesting? Is it because the young man supposedly died at the hands of agents of another country? What do we intend to achieve by the protests? An acceptance of culpability by the Spanish authorities? An apology? Monetary compensation? Respect? After this ‘welcome distraction’ from the monotony of whole scale slaughter going on in Nigeria on an almost daily basis, what next? Back to the killing fields of Nigeria, I suppose, until something exciting like the death of another of our compatriots abroad comes up.



There are certain problems bedevilling our country, which we should seriously look at. Foremost in my opinion is the way we see and relate with one another as Nigerians. This perception, whether we like it or not strongly impacts on the way others see and relate top us. The deep-rooted hatred that exists among the various ethnic groups in Nigeria does not in any way convey that degree of consanguinity or fraternity that we are presently trying hard to make a show of and which is an undeniable component of national cohesion.

The truth of the matter is that Nigeria is a country that has lost its capacity for outrage. We are a country where people butcher themselves for the flimsiest of reasons and nobody bats an eyelid. How many people protested or signed petitions when Muslim students murdered Mrs. Olusesan after she caught them cheating in an examination? Those animals that stripped the poor lady naked and killed her are still walking around free as birds. When so many people were slaughtered in Nigeria over the Denmark cartoons, cartoons that had absolutely nothing to do with Nigeria, how many people felt outraged enough to protest or sign petitions? It might be instructive to note that while other countries were simply demonstrating, the Muslims in Nigeria were busy killing their Christian ‘brethren’ under the guise of religion. Till date nobody has been brought to book!

During the beauty pageant that reference was made in good faith to the prophet Mohamed, non-Muslims were slaughtered like cattle in the ensuing riots. How many people signed petitions or protested against the massacre? During the last elections in Nigeria, it was reported that around two hundred people were killed nationwide, most of them felled by the bullets of state agents. How many people protested or signed petitions? How many people have been arrested for the murders? What of the case who had just returned from the United States, but because it was late and he could not find his way home that night sought refuge in a- wait till you hear it, POLICE STATION!-till the next morning. The policemen on duty stole his dollars, belongings, shot him dead, dumped his body outside, placed a locally made pistol on him and labelled him an armed robber. This did not happen in far away Europe. Remember what the scripture says about the log and the mote!

When policemen in Abuja shot and killed Igbo traders, labelling them armed robbers, how many people signed petitions and protested at Nigerian embassies worldwide? In Nigeria, pregnant women have been killed and babies ripped out from their wombs- all in the name of religious riots- yet nobody is outraged and there are no calls for prosecutions. The list is endless. Onitsha, Zakibiam, and Odi, where Obasanjo sent in his troops and wiped out an entire clan, raping and looting as they went along. Were it to be in other countries, Obasanjo by now would probably be facing prosecution. Did we protest or feel outraged enough to protest or sign petitions? Nay. Obasanjo the mass murderer is still strutting around the corridors of power, free as air and with Nigerian state protection into the bargain.



Lest we forget, these people that are killed on a daily basis in Nigeria are breadwinners just like Osamuyia. They are loved ones, brothers, and sisters, mothers Uncles etc to other people. Who will speak up for them? Are their deaths any less repugnant than Osamuyias’ just because it happened in Nigeria at the hands of Nigerians? Do we feel that their deaths are not good enough for photo ops?

I refuse to be part of this blatant charade and would not protest! Something must be congenitally wrong with us as Nigerians if we see a murder in Spain as different from one in Nigeria. A murder is a murder no matter where or how or by whom it is committed. Let us not forget that we will only be treated the way we treat ourselves. People will eagerly paint us with the tar we supply them and if we have no love and self respect, how would we expect others to love and respect us?

We hate ourselves and the level of hatred is so palpable that one oft wonders if there really is any reason for us to coexist. A visit to the NVS will dramatically expose the hatred we have in our hearts. A site that can at best be described as a hate site, where our malice, hatred, mutual distrust and inter ethnic paranoia is shamelessly showcased. A site where people have openly glorified and jested about the killing of fellow Nigerian of different ethnic backgrounds and where almost every issue is polarized along ethnic lines. This site unfortunately mirrors the larger Nigerian society and exemplifies an increasingly fading hope for the survival of the Nigerian state as presently constituted. We owe Nigeria a duty to look inward and rethink our relationships with one another., especially across the ethnic divide. Unless we have this distrust and hatred expunged from our national psyche we would continue in this downward trend to perdition.



If we must protest, let us gather at Nigerian embassies worldwide and protest the moral depravity and abysmal failures of our clueless leaders whose ineptitude have driven millions of our able bodied men and women away from our shores to far away lands in search of sustenance-most of them risking life and limb as they traverse their perilous routes in search of Eldora do. Let us protest against the mediocres in power whose thievery and extremely bad governance make people like Osamuyia ‘prefer to die’ than be deported back to their fatherland. Let us protest that despite our mind-boggling wealth-both mineral and manpower- we still wallow in poverty. Let us collect signatures and protest world wide against the failure of the EFCC to arrest and prosecute our governors, ministers, chairmen, Presidents, vice presidents etc who squandered our sacred trust, and plundered our treasuries with impunity and are still walking around free men. It is because of people like this that Osamuyia ‘happened’ and would still happen. Let us protest the insensitivity of our governments that would tacitly encourage people to take up arms and resort to violence before they earn themselves the right to be treated as Nigerians and have their basic needs addressed. Perhaps these protests would engender the much needed attitudinal change in our leaders and pave the way for better governance.



What the family of Osamuyia needs now is not protests, petitions and theatrics at their expense. What they need is empathy. Sincere heartfelt sympathy. They need something tangible to attempt to start filling the void left behind by the death of their son- a void that would never be filled. I would suggest a fund be established on their behalf by the organisers of the campaign. Instead of rabble-rousing at Spanish embassies worldwide, each of the three thousand signatories to the petition- quite an impressive number by any standard- should contribute a minimum of ten dollars to the fund. This will go a long way towards alleviating their pain and help them recoup the expenses incurred- probably land and property sold- in sending their son abroad as their insurance for sustenance in their old age. Spain a country, which unlike Nigeria observes the rule of law, does not need three thousand signatures for a few policemen to be prosecuted. What is needed is the intervention of the Nigerian foreign office through our embassy in the country if we feel the matter is not being satisfactorily handled. By protesting at the Spanish embassies world wide, we might be inadvertently sending the signal that we do not have a functional government in place.



We should remember that until we force our leaders into ‘line’ through our ‘internal’ protests and calls for accountability, and until the moths that have completely eaten away our sense of responsibility are permanently zapped to pave the way for collective moral, civic and fraternal rejuvenation, there are bound to be more Osamuyias!
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Exxcuzme posted on 04-29-2008, 15:37:27 PM
All you guys wanting us to do things in Nigeria first, if it comes to protesting (I mean physically protestin) in Nigeria, can we count on you guys to show up?
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Ttonjo posted on 04-29-2008, 15:38:01 PM
QUOTE:
Who says a lizard will not always congratulate himself after falling off a tree?


I could now see the true picture of 419 in action in the Village. SO 'docokwy and dewdrops' are one and only person, (with two Heads). Wonders as they say, shall never end. No wonder you are always speaking with both mouth open, without thinking. All you have in your dirty heart is HATRED, HATRED, nothing but HATRED, am really sorry for you.
Keep on venting your inherited venoms and hatred against blessed people of Nigeria and die in sorrow.
We are moving on. Very soon, Lagos, a beautiful city in Nigeria shall soon become a mega city. You and your slave masters can cry to high heaven with envy and jealousy, NIGERIA is moving on. Backward NEVER.

By the way, there is place for you to inherit in Europe, called Ausvist or better still (the concentrated cam), somewhere in Germany, where the likes of you is normally placed after your slave masters have finish with you, i.e. after doing their dirty job for them. Enjoy your stay there my dear Uncle Tom.

Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Docokwy posted on 04-29-2008, 15:43:14 PM
QUOTE:
I could now see the true picture of 419 in action in the Village. SO 'docokwy and dewdrops' are one and only person, (with two Heads). Wonders as they say, shall never end. No wonder you are always speaking with both mouth open, without thinking. All you have in your dirty heart is HATRED, HATRED, nothing but HATRED, am really sorry for you.
Keep on venting your inherited venoms and hatred against blessed people of Nigeria and die in sorrow.
We are moving on. Very soon, Lagos, a beautiful city in Nigeria shall soon become a mega city. You and your slave masters can cry to high heaven with envy and jealousy, NIGERIA is moving on. Backward NEVER.

By the way, there is place for you to inherit in Europe, called Ausvist or better still (the concentrated cam), somewhere in Germany, where the likes of you is normally placed after your slave masters have finish with you, i.e. after doing their dirty job for them. Enjoy your stay there my dear Uncle Tom.




Sorry bruv, you misfired. Docokwy has always been me, my trademark. You are just a JJC, so ask about me here. Why would I use a different handle when I dey kampe since 2006?

Me envy what or who? you must be kidding, right?
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Omowa2 posted on 04-29-2008, 15:53:48 PM
Hello all,
As an upcoming media scholar I will like to provide a reading to what BA is doing and a likely strategy they are likely to adopt for managing this crisis. I am aware of a Public Relations media tactic that suggests that multinational or transnational organizations in situations like this should adopt the three Ds. One D is to Denial that anything like that happened. I am sure you have read that already from BA. The second D is to delay comprehensive response to allow the aggrieved members of the public vent all their anger and play out their options. This you all will agree with me is ongoing in the Nigerian media space. The final D is to dominate the media space with their spin. The final D allows them distort the initial event beyond recognition. So brothers and sister let us be on guard as BA comes to town with a PR spin that will make them appear as victims. Since public memory is short, they are aware that none of us recollects Mr Fani-Kayode's strong objection to the maltreatment of Nigerians by BA and Virgin Nigeria. I was a victim of Virgin Nigeria and I know how my case ended without a wimper.
Omowa2
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Caeser posted on 04-29-2008, 15:54:50 PM
QUOTE:
Nice one,

Respect at least for your money's worth is not too much to ask or is it? They (some white folks) collect your money and then treat you less than human.

We shall continue to fight our battles.

Solidarity forever,
solidarity forever,
solidarity forever,
we........................

Have a great day fellow Villagers.

Bennie


Nothing wrong with your solidarity, Nothing wrong with hitting BA in their pockets, Nothing wrong at all with protesting the inhumane treatment of Nigerians by non Nigerians but there is everything wrong with us Nigerians not treating ourselves as human beings! There is everything wrong with us not being able to maintain a National airline yet having the gumption to attack that of another country. It amounts to hypocrisy for us to attack and malign another countrys well maintained airline when planes are falling out from the Nigerian skies -like bird s--t -with an alarming regularity!
Let us face the bitter truth, THESE GUYS DO NOT RESPECT US BECAUSE WE DO NOT LOVE AND RESPECT OURSELVES! IS THIS A TOO BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW? I once read somewhere that we have to remove the log in our eyes first before........
Re: [The Heat on BA] NBA, Others Drag BA to Court
Ttonjo posted on 04-29-2008, 15:55:42 PM
QUOTE:
Sorry bruv, you misfired. Docokwy has always been me, my trademark. You are just a JJC, so ask about me here. Why would I use a different handle when I dey kampe since 2006?

Me envy what or who? you must be kidding, right?


Now you're making me angry. After insulting our ex-president OBJ, you then have the audacity to borrowed one of his famous slogans 'I dey kampe' ......how dare you?

You no dey kampe o! Only our one and only OBJ dey kampe. You better look for a better adjective from one of your slave masters quotations, ( I suggested Shakespeare), to described your state of mind, and leave our dear OBJ alone with his 'dey kampe' slogan.
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