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General Board / An 11-year-old girl has been shot dead in niger delta
« on: January 29, 2009, 09:40:10 PM »
An 11-year-old girl has been shot dead as she tried to prevent
militants kidnapping her brother in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger
Delta region.

The armed men seized the boy as the two walked to school in Port
Harcourt, capital of Rivers State.

The children's father works for Royal Dutch Shell, a company
spokesman said.

Earlier in the day, a Catholic priest kidnapped on Sunday was
released after a militant leader told the group holding him to let
him go.

Militant groups have been kidnapping oil company employees and their
families since 2006 as part of a campaign that has cut oil
production by some 20%.

Police named the girl as Oduayo Awonusi.
Her brother Emmanuel is nine.

"The gunmen came out of the vehicle and grabbed the boy," Rita Inoma-
Abbey, police spokeswoman for Rivers State said.

"While the sister was struggling with them, she was shot. The gunmen
went away with the boy. Passers-by rushed the girl to hospital but
she died on the road."

Some militant groups say they are fighting for a fairer share of
Nigeria's oil wealth.

But other gangs of armed, jobless youths have made money through
kidnapping, extortion and oil theft.

In 2007 militants kidnapped three-year-old Margaret Hill, the child
of a British bar-owner in Port Harcourt.

She was released without harm, but her father Mike died shortly
afterward of a heart attack.

Unidentified militants kidnapped Father Pius Kii from the steps of
his church on Sunday.

It is understood that no ransom was paid for his release.

http://news. bbc.co.uk/ 1/hi/world/ africa/7858910. stm

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General Board / His Excellency, Mamman B. Ali died at the age of 50
« on: January 27, 2009, 12:03:42 PM »


Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'una
early this morning, borno and yobe state woke up with a rumour
of the death of the yobe state executive governor, senator mamman
b. ali.  later on, the news was confirmed that the governor died in
the states, it was also later leanrt that he died of leukemia (ina doctors?).

we pray Allah to forgive him his sins and may his death also serve
as an eye opener to all of us.

meanwhile we are waiting for his corpse to arrive. 

i will brief members later.

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Announcements / ESSAY COMPETITION FOR MUHSIN & CO.
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:18:01 AM »
http://www.cipe.org/programs/women/essay.php
 

2009 CIPE International Essay Competition 

Theme: Engaging Youth in Reform

The deadline for the 2009 competition is March 1, 2009!


Young people can be a powerful force for change! As future reformers, young people (18-30) have innovative ideas on how to solve the political, economic, and social problems facing their countries. However, they often lack the voice to bring these ideas to policymakers. Simply, young people are often regarded as recipients of reforms, not active participants in the reform process.

CIPE’s essay contest gives you the opportunity to share your ideas about citizenship, democratic and market-oriented reform, youth leadership, and the ways that your country can create avenues for youth to participate in the political and economic spheres. We encourage you to get thinking, get involved, and use your own experiences to develop concrete solutions to these development issues.

A $1,000 honorarium will be given for each winning essay.

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Eligibility
Open to students and young professionals aged 18-30. Special weight will be given to essays submitted by citizens of non-OECD countries.

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Citizenship in a Democratic Society
What needs to be done to develop a sense of citizenship in young people and help them realize their role in a democratic society?
True reform occurs only when citizens actively participate in the governance process – it can’t be achieved by street protests alone. Young people are an integral part of society and their input and participation in their countries’ governance is necessary to effect political and economic reform. However, many lack the skills and opportunity to communicate with policymakers and get involved in their country’s development. Youth are often disengaged from the political process and rarely develop the sense of citizenship that is so crucial to building an inclusive, participatory democracy. To become active citizens in their countries, young people must have the skills to develop their ideas on reform and outlets to express those ideas in a constructive manner. What does citizenship mean to you? How are citizenship and good governance connected? How can your country engage and enable young people to participate constructively in the governance process? Be sure to begin your essay by describing the situation in your country.

Educational Reform and Employment Opportunities
How can you reform your country’s education system so that graduates have the necessary skills for employment in the public and private sectors?
In many countries, the youth unemployment rate is very high. In some countries, this is caused by a lack of jobs. However, in many others, young people entering the workforce are not prepared for the jobs available – they lack the necessary skills and education. Unable to find good jobs, they face a difficult choice: remain unemployed or accept low-paying jobs with no opportunity for advancement. Improving the educational systems of many countries is a key step towards creating a generation of young people who possess the skills and knowledge to participate in the economy, locally and globally. What are the major employment problems young people face in your country? What can be done to give them the right skills and opportunities to enter the workforce? Who should taking the lead in doing so? Be sure to begin your essay by describing the situation in your country.

Entrepreneurship and Leadership
What needs to be done in your country to provide youth with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and/or leaders in their communities?
Young people can play a positive role in the political and economic spheres in their countries, on both local and national levels. Unfortunately they often lack access to the resources and groups that would help them get involved and have an impact. However, when provided with the opportunity and skills to become influential members of their communities, youth can accomplish their goals. What are the skills that young people need to acquire to start a successful business or civil society group? What are the major barriers that prevent them from opening a business or assuming a leadership position in your country? What programs or policies would give youth the skills to become active and influential members of society? Be sure to begin your essay by describing the situation in your country.


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Essays will be judged on clarity, originality, and their contribution to the understanding of development issues facing countries. The logic of the ideas expressed is more important than perfect English grammar.

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49
General Board / PARENTHOOD
« on: January 08, 2009, 10:00:38 PM »
my intention is to put up a thread for us to discuss
parenthood.  i am not scaring away the barchelors
in our midst, members like legandary waz, nuruddeen,
their chairman GGNK, including muhsin and bundle
of others shouldn't feel so rejected as you can also
tap from the much available experiences of parents
in this forum.

okay, lets kick off with something that happenes in
every house:-

my two grown up kids one 6 yrs and the other 4 yrs
are always fighting sai kace kishiyoyi masu ganin
hanjin juna - each time i tried coming in between
them, they raise new issues upon issue.  in ance
wa karamar ta dauko wani abu, her sister will also
go and bring same thing and in the cause fight will
start - kai jama'a, how do i go about this one?

50
General Board / SHINKAFI'S DECAMPING TO PDP AND FUTURE OF ANPP
« on: January 08, 2009, 09:36:07 PM »
it all started like a rumour, that shinkafi, the executive
governor of zamfara state is decamping to the most
powerful party in africa pee dee pee.  its over now, he
has finally put this rumours to rest as the president of
the federal republic of nigeria baba go-slow officially
attended the ceremony of his decamping to the national
party.

now, the party is less by one executive governor and
by implication reduces the power of funding the party
especially as the challenges of 2011 is seemingly becoming
tough and tougher.

rumours is still circulating within top politicians that more
anpp governors are decamping to the pee dee pee soon,
how true this will become, only time will tell, but i have
confidence in SAS because he has nothing to fear unlike
his fellow governors who feared that their ambition in
2011 is very blink if they did not decamp.

now, buhari is refusing to decamp to the labour party
which is supposed to be partyn talakawa, he is insisting
that no matter the situation, he is staying in anpp.  there
is every possibility that if anpp can produce a credible and
all acceptable candidate in 2011 (which we must present
b 4 2010)
it will technically defeat baba-go-slow in
election.  so guys, help us advocate the retirement of
general muhammadu buhari from politics patapata, saboda
so long he is in the party, more governor's will be decamping
to the pee dee pee leaving anpp with no financial support
to challenge pee dee pee in 2011.

from the information gathered, shekarau is not likely to win
any senatorial election in kano under anpp, but the kano people
which is the strong hold of the north with its millions of population
is very likely to support him if he is going for the presidency.

anyways - guys what are your opinions regarding the future
of anpp - party talakawan nigeria?

51
chit-chat / END OF YEAR GAME
« on: December 24, 2008, 10:18:36 AM »
rules:

year 2008 is ending on Wednesday 31st December, 2008 and
exactly 12:00 midnight.

the intention of this game is to see who among the members of
this forum will make a last post of the year 2008 at exactly the
above stated date and time. (We will work based on Kline clock).

the winner takes home a very precious gift from Dan-Borno.

NOTICE
admin and auntin muhsin are exempted from participating from this
game. if Gogannaka wins, only half of the gift will be given to him.


52
General Board / AN KORI NUHU RIBADU DAGA AIKI (DISMISSED)
« on: December 23, 2008, 07:02:23 PM »
The Nigerian Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman, Nuhu Ribadu from the Nigerian police force.

The PSC headed by a retired police officer, Parry Osanyande took the decision after a marathon meeting of the commission.
 
Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has been dismissed from the police force.

A statement signed by police spokesman, Akpoebi Agberebi, confirmed Ribadu’s sack, this afternoon. He was sacked for indiscipline, insurbordination and absence from duty. Ribadu was one of the six police officers nominated and sent on senior executive course at NIPSS, Kuru, Jos.

While on course, he was demoted to the rank of DCP along with 139 officers, who were allegedly wrongfully promoted. According to a statement signed by Akpoebi, the act of misconduct levelled against Ribadu are improper dressing when he appeared before the president on 13 November, with other NIPSS participants, in plain clothes, where others were properly dressed.

He was also accused of instituting legal proceedings against the Inspector-General of Police, AG and the Police Service Commission, at a Federal High Court in Lagos, without proper authority from government.

These conducts, the statement added, are prejudicial to discipline, proper administration of the force and unbecoming of an officer, contrary to sections 352 and 367 of the Police Act and against Rules 030402 of the Police Service Rules 2006.

Ribadu was also accused of flagrantly disobeying the order and directive of the IG to report to the Force Headquarters on 24 November, along with his NIPSS coursemates, at the completion of their studies.

Furthermore, Ribadu was said to have disregarded his posting order and refused to proceed on transfer when he was posted to zone 5, Benin, as deputy commissioner of police in charge of administration, since 21 November, contrary to sections 349, 348 and 347 of the Police Act.

“Serious misconduct is a specific act of various wrongdoings and improper behaviours, and which is inimical to the image of the service and which can be investigated and if proven, will lead to dismissal. At the end of deliberations, the commission dismissed the officer from the force for acts of gross indiscipline, insubordination and absence from duty, acts singularly and collectively punishable under rules 03, 04,01 of the Public Service Rules 2006,” the statement read.

http://www.saharareporters.com/www/news/detail/?id=796

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I am not supporting any of the actors in this saga, but there are great
lessons for us to learn.


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General Board / Iraqi journalist through shoes at Bush!!!!!
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:31:28 AM »
I wonder what prompted this (TRUSTED) journalist
to throw both shoes at Bush at the prime stage of
the briefing, luckily for Bush he dodge both shots.
this shows how frustrated Iraqis are at Bush, and I
am very sure Bush will see more of throwing when
he finally vacate the white house - this shows how
iraqis are in deep pain.

watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duLds-TZMGw

Do you think the journalist is right in expressing his
feelings in this way?

54
General Board / How they treat RIBADU is wrong!!!!
« on: November 24, 2008, 02:53:13 PM »
its graduating time, Ribadu is seated among fellow
draduants when some security men came and usher
him out.

i dont know when my country will start behaving the
right way, or is it a deliberate attempt to disgrace the
young police officer even after he was demoted?

why shouldnt they have told him that he will not be
allowed to attend the graduation ceremony in the
first place?

no body knows who did tihs to this young man, is it
Baba Go Slow, Inspector General of Police or the Big
Shots he has mishandled when he was the EFCC boss?

55
General Board / We’ll protest nude, Bayelsa women warn
« on: November 24, 2008, 02:42:08 PM »
By Olamilekan Lartey
The Punch Newspaper
Published: Monday, 24 Nov 2008

Angry women from Ikebiri in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Sunday warned that they would go naked on the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital, if the government did not clean up the spill that had ravaged the community.

The nude protest threat came in the wake of recent devastation of Ikiama, another community in the oil rich state, where a spill nearly forced the town into extinction.

Leader and spokesperson for the women, Mrs. Ebitari Agbakabuwou, said the protest was to call attention to the damage done to the communities in the areas where the oil firm, Nigeria Agip Oil Company operated.

The state Deputy Governor, Mr. Peremobowei Ebebi, had last week, appealed to oil firms in the state to pay attention to the feelings of the communities around their areas of operation.

Ebebi had observed that oil firms operating in the state had an attitude of never meeting up with the memoranda of understanding they signed with their host communities.

This, he said, had often led to conflicts in many areas.

Agbakabwou, who said the women had no other option than to employ the traditional method of protest, said the spill in Ikebiri had destroyed the ecosystem and the traditional means of livelihood of the people which included fishing, farming and hunting.

She said the loss of these communal means of livelihood had led to poverty among women and hunger and starvation for children in the communities impacted by the spill.

“We will go naked in the state capital because we have been raped by oil spillage for the past 25 years. There was no oil spill site insepection report. The leakage points have not been clamped. Agip should immediately clean up the impacted area,” she said.

The women noted that the oil firm working in the community had refused to renew the Memorandum of Understanding which had expired in 2003.

They said the indifference of the oil firm had led to the deaths of many people, particularly because of the lack of access to clean water in the community.

Sources told our correspondent that the spill was as a result of oil pipes that had not been changed for years.

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this is a serious matter that requires urgent attention of the Ministry
of Niger Delta, GGNK tell Baba Go Slow to do something before our
mothers go naked which could bring catastrophe to this nation.

this shows the level of how life is in the Niger Delta, there leaders
dont have the fear of God despite the huge amount of money being
released to them by the Fed. Govt, Niger Delta Commission and
now the new ministry.  God held us.

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Health Matters / Use of firewood leads to health hazard
« on: November 19, 2008, 03:53:33 PM »
Mr Abdulmalik Nura, a scientist with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, has attributed the rising health problems among rural dwellers to smoke emited from firewood.

Nura, in a study he conducted on The Determinants of Firewood Demand and Supply in Bauchi, said that such smoke-induced health problems included coughing, chest pain and eye ailments.

The study, presented at the Council's monthly seminar yesterday in Abuja, showed that the frequency of cooking and time taken to cook meals also compounded the gravity of the ailments.

It said that the emission of firewood smoke had affected the health of people in many households.

The study, which collected data from 360 firewood collectors, sellers, buyers and users, said that the estimated demand for firewood in each household in Bauchi "is 5,521 metric tonnes per month. "This is akin to burning 27,607 metric ton of carbon per month,'' it said.

Besides, the study showed that the quantity and quality of the firewood purchased or sold in the Guinea ecological zone by marketers were significantly different from those in the Sudan Savanna ecological zone. It said that there were potential health and environmental degradation problems arising from continued firewood usage in the state.

The study recommended the adoption of the use of improved categories of stoves to reduce the impact of smoke on people's health and the environment.

Dr Raymond Ihenacho, a Director in the Council, who spoke on the study, urged the government to initiate a deliberate policy that would discourage the felling of trees for firewood.

Ihenacho said that government must ensure that rural dwellers had sustainable access to kerosine and other environment friendly sources of energy, as parts of efforts to stem the use of firewood.

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Malam Nura, its not only rural dwellers, muma yan birni we use
fire wood.  with extended family and quantity of the food to
cook, i doubt if the ordinary stove or gas cooker can augment
this wahala - ga kerosene yayi wahala - God dey.

 

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General Board / Soldiers get life jail for arms deal with militants
« on: November 19, 2008, 02:55:24 PM »
sai ka gansu jiya a network news.  this is the kind
of punishment we are expecting to be meted out
to those big shots amongst us, amma sai kaji wai
imprisonment for 2 months or fine of N2,000.00.

May Allah forgive them their sins while we take
lessons from them.

58
General Board / NigComSat-1 is lost
« on: November 19, 2008, 02:50:40 PM »
From Daily Trust (Online version)
Written by Tashikalmah Hallah, Francis Okeke & Hamisu Muhammad  , on 19-11-2008 00:21
http://www.dailytrust.com/content/view/22015/238/

Nigeria’s pioneer NigComsat 1-satellite, launched into space with fanfare last year, has been damaged beyond repairs and “has now been manoeuvred to the parking orbit and cannot be recovered for use again,” managing director of Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NCSL) Alhaji Ahmed Rufa’i said in Abuja yesterday.

He spoke when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science and Technology to clarify on recent reports on the state of the satellite.

He told the committee, chaired by Rep Akinlade Abiodun (PDP, Ogun) that the loss experienced on NigComSat-1  barely 18 months after it was sent into orbit was neither uncommon in the industry nor bizarre. He said “a private satellite operator in America recorded six failures on six satellites on the same day. In fact, the industry records reveal a total of 18 losses in 2008 alone. This informs the rationale for backup satellites and insurance as experts advice that a lone satellite is a decided gamble.”
Rufa’i said the problem that resulted in the eventual loss of the satellite began about eight months ago. “The first incident occurred on 17th April 2008 when half of the power was lost from the South Solar Array due to a single event offset, leaving the North Solar Array as the only source of power. Unfortunately, a similar event occurred on the North Solar panel on 9th November 2008 at 10:34 Nigerian time during a non-eclipse position.” 
He said the batteries of the satellite were only supposed to discharge during eclipse and recharge in non-eclipse situations while the solar array served as the source of power to the satellite.  He said, “This anomaly was noticed by NigComSat Ltd engineers on night duty and reported to the satellite manufacturer, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). Both teams worked tirelessly for over 24 hours to perform a rescue operation on the satellite.”
The NigComSat MD said that all efforts to recover the power supply of the solar panels failed and the satellite was consequently de-orbited to avoid total loss of power and loss of control of the satellite, which could result in damage to other satellites in orbit or even to aircraft in flight.
This would mean heavy fines from the International Telecommunications Union and liabilities to other nations under the United Nations Outer Space Treaties, he said.
He also said, “On Monday 9th November, 2008, the process of de-orbiting was concluded and the satellite has now been manoeuvred to the parking orbit and cannot be recovered for use again.”
He urged Nigerians not to worry over the collapse of NigComsat-1, saying that it was fully insured and that the money spent “shouldn’t be considered as money down the drain.”
“While we are very saddened that the incident happened, it is not money down the drain as being reported in some quarters and it is not due to management inexperience or ineptitude as being reported because the satellite is fully insured. We have not taken over the management of the satellite from China.”
“The Chinese themselves have written to us, they have committed to getting a quick solution to Nigeria.
The Chinese Government contributed about $200 million in this project and the collateral for this loan is the satellite. The loan itself was negotiated under the able leadership of the former Minister of Finance Mrs. Okonjo Iweala, which even though we have a sovereign guarantee for this loan, the collateral is the satellite because we try to tie them in into this project.”
On steps taken so far by NCSL and the Chinese on short term plans of addressing the issue, he said the Chinese “have written, they are coming in on Friday to meet with us over the weekend and by Monday to meet with the Honourable Ministers, Science and Technology and Finance for us to have a concrete way forward in terms of if it comes to replacement and also the possibility of now setting up a backup for NigComSat 2 and 3, which will imply that within the next two and a half years, we will have at least 3 satellites in space.”
Speaking on the impact of the loss to NSCL, he said “we are sorry to find ourselves in this situation. At NigComsat, we are confident that it is a challenge, it is a part of the experience that nearly every single operator in this industry has faced and is facing. There is no single operator today that has not faced one failure or the other.”
“Ours is even like a child that is trying to walk; when you make first attempt and you stand up and you fall down, that doesn’t mean you continue to crawl just because you fall. So, we are confident that we are going to stand up again and we are going to be much stronger,” he added.
As a stop gap measure, Rufa’i requested the Committee to help the Ministry of Science and Technology and NCSL to convince the Federal Executive Council and President Umaru Yar’adua to discuss with the Chinese government and the satellite manufacturer to re-assign an emergency satellite that is either in orbit or being presently manufactured, with same specifications as NigComSat-1 to the nation as replacement.
He also wants the President’s approval for the commencement of the building of NigComSat-1 replacement, as well as the approval of the utilization of $500million China Exim Bank concessionary loan for NigComSat-2 and 3 advanced series for back up and expansion.
On the desire by the Committee to look elsewhere instead of Chinese technology and expertise, Rufa’i said they would gladly welcome other countries “If they can finance it up to 80 per cent at two and a half percent interest rate, give us 20 years re-payment period and 5 years moratorium” as the Chinese were doing. 
 Meanwhile, the Press Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Abdulganiu Aminu in a statement yesterday said that the President of CGWIC is expected to arrive Nigeria soon to make technical explanations on the missing satellite.
He said Minister of Science and Technology Mrs. Grace Ekphiwhre summoned a meeting yesterday during which all the critical issues concerning the current status of the satellite, the technical agreement between Nigeria and China, the insurance of the satellite and the fate of the clientele were discussed.

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 ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  i couldnt control myself (ba ke ba myself)
each time i read the headline to the above story.  ko mai ma zai bata
a nigeria.  a whole farm tractor about 12 of them disappeared in the
sahara desert and the government was not even ashamed of telling
people that the tractors was lost due to sand dunes - shege gomnati.

A whole jirgin ruwa cike da mai was also lost on the sea, har yanzu
babu bayaninsa.

jirgin sama ya fado ya bace

an now a whole satelite is lost in the orbit hahahahahahahahahahahah
Only in NAIJA - Gogonnaka, tunda harkar taku ce ai sai kayi briefing
din mu on the possibilities of this thing and how do we find this our
satellite?

59
General Board / My President Dey Kampe - No Shaking - No Gara Gara
« on: November 19, 2008, 02:35:22 PM »
Who are those predicting My President will die soonest? 
that was the story being spread when the campaign train's
speedometer reached 100.  After his inauguration the
rumours continued that may be before his first 100 days
in office he will vamoose and became RIP.  The media are
on the forefront reporting even when the President
sneezes - kai naija.  This guy from our place, i dont want
to even call his name summoned meeting when President
was away on one of his medical shopping that he need
their support on his ambition to become the next presido
when yar'adua died - kai jama'a - thank God the president
don sack am immediately he came back - yaje shine zai
mutu yanzu.

The cabinet was shocked as he announced the dissolution
of ministers most of them where the government boys who
think they are the doers - but the guy surprised them.

Among them are 7 prominent as follows:-

Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman (Kaduna)
Dr. Sam Ominiyi Egwu (Ebonyi)
Professor Dora Akunyili (Anambra)
Alhaji Shettima Mustapaha (Borno)
Dr. Ibrahim Lame (Bauchi)
Architect Nuhu Wya (Kaduna)
Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin (Ogun)

my only fear is if Dora is taken away from NAFDAC, i doubt
much if we can get a credible person to man that place
again (Husnaa doesnt want to hear this story).

Rilwanu Lukman and Alhaji Shettima Mustapha are old time
administrators that has been tested - Allah bada sa'a

Sa wuta Yar'adua.

60
General Board / Naval officers beat, strip lady naked
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:29:31 PM »
By Olalekan Adetayo
Published: Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008
http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?t...20081104310695

Six armed naval ratings attached to a Rear Admiral went berserk on Monday in Lagos, beating up a lady identified as Uzoma Okere.

By the time the madness ended, Okere, who was forcibly handcuffed, was left with a battered face, blood-shot eyes and bruises all over her body.

She is currently receiving treatment at Kamorass Hospital in Victoria Island.

Our correspondent learnt that the incident happened at about 6pm on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Okere’s offence was that she did not quickly give way for the ratings’ boss‘ two-car convoy on her way home in her Mitsubishi colt.

According to eyewitnesses, the naval ratings hit the lady with their gun butts and beat her with horsewhip, and also allegedly attacked another occupant of her car for attempting to come to her rescue.

The Rear Admiral, simply identified as Arogundade, was said to be inside a Peugeot 406 car marked NN 357 A 02 at the time of the incident.

Instead of apprehending his men, the naval officer was alleged to have blamed the lady for holding on to the ratings‘ uniforms while they were beating her.

He was also quoted as saying that the lady should thank her stars that she survived the beating from his men.

Members of staff of Price WaterHouse Coopers, who reportedly witnessed the incident and later protested the harassment in front of the house where the naval officer entered on the same street, were also allegedly beaten up by the ratings, on the instruction of their boss.

A popular comedian who witnessed the incident but spoke on the condition of anonymity, told our correspondent on the telephone that he saw blood and the battered eyes of the victim.

The victim later told our correspondent on her hospital bed on the telephone that she was heading towards Mile 2 from the Lagos Island where she worked when the incident happened.

Okere, who claimed that she had a military background, said immediately she saw Arogundade’s convoy, she knew that a Rear Admiral was inside the car and she quickly gave way.

She said, ”We were all in the traffic. I heard a siren behind me. One of them came out to control the traffic. I was moving to the left when he suddenly pulled me out. They dragged me into the house tore my clothes. I was beaten up mercilessly. My head is really swollen with bruises all over me.”

She added that she managed to get her colleagues to call her father who works in Abuja to speak with the Rear Admiral on phone.

”My father spoke with the man on the phone later but he lied to him (her father) that I was fighting with his men. They would have beaten the two other ladies in my car like they did to my male colleagues if not for the fact that they are pregnant,” she added.

Okere said she had contacted a human rights lawyer who advised her not to report to any police station since the case involved a senior officer.

She said the Rear Admiral later gave her the shirt she wore to the hospital in a condescending manner.

“He never apologised for the abuse and criminal act,” she added.

But the Information Officer, Western Naval Command, Commander, Foluso Ajibulu, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone said that both parties were already resolving the matter.

Ajibulu said, “The information we had was that the lady in question is the daughter of a retired colonel. May be it was her background that made her to snatch a horsewhip from one of the escort men.”

He admitted that the security man would not have taken the matter lightly with the lady and that might have led to the assault on her
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i read this news early last week, but the video posted in youtube
arose my desire to bring it to the notice board for further discussions.

it has become the attitude in nigeria, that any dick, tom and harry
wether from the military or the politicians no matter the jam in
traffic will try and manuever their way not minding the emergency
some of the people held by traffic are in.

i was in Abuja with a brother this time last year along the famous
mararraba busy road when an empty convoy of a governor from my
side came blarring sirens despite the tight busy traffic, holding
koboko (military and mobile name for whips (bulala)) and flogging
whoever is on the wheel.

for how long will this continue? as for me, i never blame the sorry
rank and file officers who took the law into their hands, but their
officers who oversee them and direct them to do otherwise.

in this particular case, the Rear (abi na front) Admiral should be
held responsibile for the action of his boys and let the public know
how he was punished - kash, this is Nigeria, the case will die a
natural one, while Okere will suffer her agony alone and tomorrow
it will be someone else's turn to be brutallised.

Allah ya kiyaye - na annabi yace Amin.

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