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Keren-Happuch: Premiere Academy has finished me, says mother of dead victim of rape

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***As she breaks down in tears, demands juatice

Mother of late victim of rape at the Premiere Academy, Mrs. Vivien Akpagher yesterday broke her silence and spoke for the first time since her daughter died.

The late Keren-Happuch died following medical complications arising from condom, which was left inside her by a rapist, infecting her with sepsis and resulting in her death on 22nd of June 2021.

She spoke at a press conference in Abuja to set the records straight and correct what she called a deliberate distortion of facts and publicity stunt by Premiere Academy, Lugbe in order to preserve their business interest without regards to the life of my daughter which they have cut short.

“I named my daughter Keren-Happuch, which means God has filled my cup, but Premiere Academy, Lugbe took the cup emptied the water and broke the cup. 

“The cup I gave to Premiere Academy full, they returned to me empty and broken. This is too much to take. My heart is in turmoil”. With these words, mother of 

Her statement reads: “Gentlemen of the press, you would have noticed that since my daughter died, instead of the management of Premiere Academy, Lugbe allowing my family to grieve and mourn her, Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja has been preoccupied with wanting to look good to the public rather than work to bring out the rapist. Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja has put the business interest of the school above the life of my 14 year old girl. They have even tried to tarnish her image with ugly stories. Premiere Academy, Lugbe has been embarking on major publicity stunts. Five press conferences and countless press releases are all pointers to the desperation of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja. But interestingly, the more Premiere Academy, Lugbe embarks on this publicity frolic, the more it committed unforced errors.

Kindly take note that while Premiere Academy, Lugbe continued on his publicity stunts to look good, my family and I had been silent. But today, for the first time, we have chosen to speak in order to put the incontrovertible facts out to the general public.      

The facts:

“On the 22nd day of June 2021, my 14 year old daughter, Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher died.

“Keren-Happuch whom I fondly call Didoo, was a boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja.

“On the 18th June 2021, my daughter had informed me that she had an eye infection and asked me to come and pick her by 5pm same day. But her teacher, whose phone was used, advised that I come pick her on Saturday, 18th of June 2021, being a call day to avoid landing her (teacher) in trouble since her phone was used.

” On the 19th day of June, being an official call-weekend, Keren-Happuch called me, begging that she comes to pick her as she was ill with an eye infection.

“I called the school matron to secure an exeat on the 19th day of June for Keren, but was told Keren would be placed in isolation for seven days on her return from home. The matron suggested an alternative of the school driving her to the clinic and taking her back to avoid isolation.

• After her treatment, Keren was distraught when she learnt that she was going back to school and begged to go home with me. I promised her I will secure an exeat from the school and pick her. I called the principal, who agreed to give her one.

“Following that assurance from the principal, I got to Premiere Academy, Lugbe on the same day at about 1pm to pick my daughter, but wasn’t granted permission to pick her. The matron assured me that they were taking good care of her and that she was fine.

“Following assurances by the matron, I left without my daughter.

“However, while heading back home on the said 19th day of June, I received a call from a concerned staff of the school, telling me that my daughter was badly sick and seriously distressed in school on Wednesday, the 16th day of June 2021 with inability to walk without assistance of some of her friends, who helped her to class to write a continuous assessment test in tears.  

“The caller told me to disregard claims made by the matron that my daughter was not sick, insisting that she was in dire straits and needed to be taken away from school immediately.

“The caller advised me to come to the gate and make a lot of noise to constitute a nuisance otherwise I would not be allowed to take my daughter away.

“Alarmed at this information, I returned to school around 2.30pm or thereabout, constituting a nuisance at the gate for the next three hours or thereabout as well as calling the phone numbers of the school’s principal and matron before I was finally allowed to take my daughter away for medicare.  

“Three (3) days after I took away my daughter, she died in a hospital in Abuja on the 22nd day of June 2021.

“But, before Keren-Happuch’s death, the hospital discovered that she had been raped, condom left in her vagina, which had caused an infection that resulted to sepsis and trauma that led to her demise.”

Also speaking at the conference, leader of the coalition of Gender Based Respondents and Executive Director of Men Against Rape Foundation, Lemmy Ughegbe said they had incontrovertible documentary evidence of sundry sexual abuses in Premier Academy, Lugbe, which show that the school is guilty of covering up such crimes.

Ughegbe invited the school management to a – media dialogue to discuss the rape and death of Keren-Happuch and other cases of sexual molestation, which it has the record of covering instead of handing paedophiles to the police.

“The board and management of Premiere Academy, Lugbe told us they have never had any case of sexual abuse in the school, but that was a big fat lie. We have intelligence that a teacher of Physical and Health Education and a cook where suspended indefinitely for sexual molestation of students. We have the letter of indefinite suspension on account of this sexual crime. So, the school rather than handover such a pedophile to the police prefers to cover it in order to protect its name and business interest”, he stated.

“We are determined to put an end to all the evil happening in Premier Academy, Lugbe and indeed in our boarding schools in Abuja especially. And no matter what it takes, we must get justice for Keren-Happuch, her grieving mother and the entire family”, he vowed.

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NDLEA uncovers 35wraps of cocaine concealed in ladys underwear at Lagos airport

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Eagle eyed operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Saturday recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from the underwear of a lady, Okafor Ebere Edith during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi disclode that the suspect tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the Airport.
He said she was however picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.
He said the lady claimed to have ended up in a drug peddler due to her desire to make money.

Another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul Babafemi said was arrested at Gate A departure hall of the MMIA on Tuesday during outward clearance of Egypt airline to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.

“On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airports Gate A departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt airline with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag.

Meanwhile, acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of cannabis sativa were recovered while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar.

Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the commanders, officers and men of the MMIA and Niger state commands of the Agency for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility. He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain focussed and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug related criminalities.

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Security operatives kill Kidnap kingpin in a gun battle in Kogi

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…arrest another kidnap agent terrorizing Kogi, Benue area

Security operatives in Kogi have recorded a major feat in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the State as they killed a Kidnap kingpin in a gun duel on Saturday
The notorious kidnap gang leader was once reported to have kidnapped his own farther and collected a Ransom of 4 million naira

The deceased criminal was known for his nefarious kidnapping and armed robbery activities.
Hence he had always been on the list of wanted criminal suspects by law enforcement agencies until his waterloo after he engaged security operatives in the area

Also, it was reported that a combined operation led by Olamaboro Local Government Chairman, Hon. Adejoh Friday Nicodemus involving both teams from the neighborhood arrested another kidnap agent identified as Kizito Ocheme alias Igbo

The culprit it was gathered has been behind most of the kidnapping and terrorists’ activities between Olamaboro Local government and Otukpa branch of Ogbadibo Local government of Banue State but was apprehended while trying to escape by the security operatives in the area.

The Local Government Chairman, stated that the efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello and the entire leadership of Kogi State Government to guarantee the safety of lives and properties of citizens was yielding positive results as criminals now find Kogi as a no go area.

He added that following the directives of governor Bello that people should have peace to be able to sleep with their two eyes closed, his administration has been on the prowl for criminals

In his reaction, Governor Bello who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed indicated that is security can be resolved from the grassroots it would reflect positively on the state

He pointed out that the moral support being given to security operatives by Tge State Government is responsible for the successes in bringing peace to the State

He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to put in more effort towards sustaining the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors

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Police moves to redeem image, recommends suspension of Abba Kyari

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In what looks like a major push to redeem the image of the Nigerian Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has written a letter to the Police Service Commission recommending for the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force.

Kyari who has been the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), was indicted by American authorities for allegedly being in bed with a notorious fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
The police Public Relations Officer CP Frank MBA in a Statement issued in Abuja on Sunday said the suspension subsist pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations that has direct bearing on him.

“The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer, is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.

“The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.

He said the suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The statement explained that the Special Investigation Panel (SIP), is made up of four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).
“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter. “

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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