Keren: Court Fixes Sept. 20 To Hear Suit Seeking To Stop Gender Activist From Demanding Justice For Rape Victim

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Lugbe has fixed Tuesday, 20th of September 2022 to hear an interlocutory application filed by the Premiere Academy, Lugbe seeking an order of the court to restrain Child and Gender Rights Advocate, Lemmy Ughegbe from demanding justice for 14-year-old student, Late Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akphagher.

Keren-Happuch a boarding student of Premiere Academy died on the 22nd of June after contracting sepsis from a condom allegedly left inside her by yet to be identified person which compromised her immunity leading to her tragic end.

When the matter came up on Thursday Counsel to Premier Academy, Barrister Chike Nwogbo prayed the court for an adjournment in order to respond to the counter-affidavit filed by counsel to Ughegbe, Barrister Johnbull Adaghe opposing the application of the school, seeking to gag his client (Ughegbe) from leading the advocacy to seek justice for Keren.

The court, therefore, adjourned the matter to September 20th for a hearing.

Ughegbe has been at the forefront of mobilising members of the civil society organisations to mount pressure on the police to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation to fish out the perpetrator and bring him to book.

In one of his advocacies, the journalists, child and gender rights advocates, speaking as a panelist at the law week of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) last year, charged members of the bar not to remain bystanders but to join the clarion call for the killer-rapist to be fished out and prosecuted for the crime against the late 14-year-old.

Ughegbe reminded the lawyers of the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu, who said ‘if you are silent in a situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,’ pointing out that ‘the unity bar and indeed all lawyers cannot afford to be silent on Keren-Happuch. I challenge you to look at her case and take it up to ensure that we get justice for her family even as it serves as a deterrent for others. Remember, no child is safe until every child is safe.

Upset by the rousing speech at the law week, Premiere Academy filed an N500 Million suit against Ughegbe for allegedly defaming it even as it has asked for an order of a court to restrain the advocate from further seeking justice for Keren pending the outcome of the substantive suit.

It will be recalled that Premiere Academy had also dragged the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to a Federal High Court, Abuja Division, seeking to stop it from investigating a petition filed by Keren’s mother, Mrs. Vivien Vihimga Akpagher, accusing the school of breach of her right as a consumer, which led to her daughter’s death.

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