Thursday, 6 November 2008

Is this Democracy???...Please SPREAD THE WORD!!!...Petition for Justice: Uzoma Okere

Hey Blogsville,
It's back to planet earth for moi...my head has been in the cloud since yesterday...it is managing to "float" back to shape now :-)...This oyinbo people can be funny o! no one even said much about it(the landslide win!) at my work place...but meeen I corrected that sharply!!!I made a point of going on and on abourrit....I guess that reaction was peculiar to my place of work....'cos I could see oyinbo people jubilating in other areas(places)...I may be wrong sha....
Well that is not the reason am blogging this early "momo"(morning)!...Hmmn blogville pls spread the word...I read and watched something yesterday that brought a gasp out of me...
The story is here ...but in case it is taking forever to open the page, I have copied it below(please click here...it's only a click away):

Nigerians react to naval ratings‘ assault on lady

Published: Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008

Angry reactions on Tuesday trailed the Monday assault by armed naval ratings on a lady, Uzoma Okere, in Lagos.

All those who reacted, including human rights activists and hundreds of online readers of THE PUNCH, described 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.

Six armed naval ratings attached to a Rear Admiral identified as Harry Arogundade, went wild on Monday on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, beating and stripping the lady naked.

According to eyewitnesses, the naval ratings hit the lady with their gun butts and beat her with horsewhips.

She was accused of not quickly giving way for the naval officer‘s convoy on her way home in her Mitsubishi Colt car.

By the time the rage ended, Okere, who was forcibly handcuffed and dragged into a private residence on the street in a humiliating assault, was left with a battered face, blood-shot eyes and bruises all over her body.

She was admitted at Kamorass Hospital on Victoria Island.

As at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 98 reactions had been posted to THE PUNCH‘s website by Nigerians (both at home and in the Diaspora) who were irked by the incident, making the news item top on the list of most read stories on the website for the day.

All of them agreed that no man, no matter his social status, had the right to infringe on another citizen‘s fundamental human right.

In her reaction, the Director, Gender Development Action, Ms. Ada Agina-Ude, described the assault on the lady as a display of raw power.

In a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, Agina-Ude called on lawyers, women and human rights activists, to rally round the lady with a view to getting justice.

She said, ”My first reaction is that what type of military personnel will beat a woman to that extent because of a traffic offence, assuming she even committed it. I don‘t understand that kind of mentality.

”She did the right thing by getting a lawyer. I plead with the lawyer to ensure that the case is pursued to the end.”

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

She added that it was regrettable that a Rear Admiral who should be looked up to by junior officers for direction could allow his boys to misbehave in his presence.

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.

Ketefe said because of her organisation‘s belief that the perpetrators should not go unpunished; it would soon address the public and petition policy makers on the issue.

But the Nigerian Navy, on Tuesday, 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.”


The video is one of the most disgusting videos of man's inhumanity to man... A friend sent it to me... and I said to myself....hmmmn "mother Africa" has come again o!...but after watching the video,I thought to myself....this is a barbaric act...a major one at that and it should be addressed...Regardless of what this lady did,they had and they still have absolutely NO RIGHT to treat her that way....Why were they so quick to strip her naked? Perverts!!!

I am glad this was experienced by a military man's daughter(no don't get me twisted)...what I mean is...she can fight on the same play ground with them and hopefully win...I hope this will teach them a proper lesson that human beings are not dogs and they ought not to be treated like one!!!

Please don't just read this and shake your head...please spread the word...it could be your sister,daughter,niece or aunty...this is absolutely NOT RIGHT.

Can somebody feel me in the house?

P.S

There is a page for this on Facebook,it is called:

Petition for Justice: Uzoma Okere

9 comments:

Just...Toluwa said...

This is absolute madness! A woman at that!

Justice doesnt really happen in naija anymore (i think)..its who you know these days!

This is what happens when you give power to IDIOTS!

aloted said...

serious matter! orisirisi!!!

Naija! kai!

aloted said...

men i just watched the video now and i am so disgusted...

all these stupid officers...i feel like swearing for them right now..God knows...am joining the group now..

thanks for sharing jare

NoLimit said...

@Toluwa...I concur...It sure is MADNESS...It is sickening...only a weakling of a man can do this...and this are adults youths are meant to look up to...

@Aloted...I share your feelings on this...as a matter of fact...I felt the same way after watching the video...it just brought it home for me hence the reason people should SPREAD THE WORD!!!

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

I hope that we as a people will begin to realize that as human beings we have God given rights that we must all work to protect. Not just because uzoma was assaulted, but because such barbaric behavior is an assault upon all Nigerians.

Buttercup said...

I just read this on another blog, cudnt believe it! Im on my phone now so i cant see the video. I'll be sure to put up a post on this, speading the word.

Im also happy she's a military man's daughter..he'll know how to handle them better!

aloted said...

men i just heard that Uzoma's father also did something similar, check http://www.kwenu.com/publications
/oraetoka/wabara_security.htm

i guess some might see this as karma but it still doesnt justify the navy guys beating up Uzoma for no just cause. i hear Yardy and Fashola are now involved.

MissLove said...

This story is quite aggravating, havent seen the clip, didnt want to but now i am actually considering..dat is sooo crazy those men should be hmm...eaten?

Vera Ezimora said...

That is crazzzyyy!!! What da heck?! Sometimes, we just dunno when 2 stop. They beat her up for traffic violations???? What nonsense?! The guilty man needs 2 be stripped of his powers.