Ayodeji Omotade, the Nigerian man whose protest of the inhumane treatment of a fellow passenger, led to Brutish Airways throwing over 130 Nigerians off a flight, has now been vindicated. Sued by Brutish Airways in 2008, a court recently cleared him of all charges.
When the initial incident occurred, a boycott of Brutish Airways was initiated and I actually suggested a more stringent long term approach to truly impress upon the Brutes and other similar institutions that Nigerians, and in fact any group of people, are not to be treated with disrespect. In spite the boycott, a peaceful protest, empty sanction threats by the Nigerian government and a half hearted 'apology' by a Brutish Airways spokesman the Brutes went ahead to sue Omotade.
Thankfully, the legal system saw the suit for what it truly was - bullying. The airline complained that Omotade Ayodeji Omotade was "a "catalyst" for other complaints". Witnesses for Brutish Airways even went as far as alleging that Omotade behaved like a "raging bull", one can only wonder why they would make such an assertion. The Judge in the case rightfully determined that he simply made a "forcible but polite complaint".
Personally, I hope that Omotade will sue the airline for wasting his time. I also hope he will be reimbursed for the inconvenience of his maltreatment and the harm this unnecessary suit did to his reputation. An actual apology from Brutish Airways would also do a world of good. However, I am sure the brutes will fight tooth and nail to not have to do the right thing.
Hattip to Sokari of Blacklooks who has stayed in touch with Mr. Omotade and who kindly contacted him directly on my behalf to confirm the Court's verdict when it initially happened.
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