Premiere Academy, an Abuja-based private school, has taken its case to the Court of Appeal to prevent the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) from investigating the school for alleged service failure, which reportedly led to the tragic rape and death of its 14-year-old boarding student, Miss Keren Aondodoo Akpagher.
Prior to seeking redress from the appellate court, the school had filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja, aiming to restrain the consumer protection agency from probing the matter, contending that the FCCPC was attempting to assume the investigative role of the police.
However, Justice Evelyn Maha of the Federal High Court dismissed Premiere Academy’s suit, deeming it “frivolous and lacking in merit.” The court held that the FCCPC has the authority to investigate disputes arising from alleged service failures, as provided by its enabling act.
Unsatisfied with the court’s ruling, Premiere Academy has now lodged an appeal seeking to overturn the decision. The appeal is aimed at halting the FCCPC’s investigation into the school’s alleged service failure, which is believed to have resulted in the tragic events surrounding Keren’s rape and death.
In the notice of appeal filed on behalf of Premiere Academy by legal representatives including Asiwaju Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), Mrs. Victoria Awomolo (SAN), and Eyitayo Fatogun (SAN), among others, the school is requesting the Court of Appeal to issue an order restraining the FCCPC from commencing its investigation until the outcome of the appeal is determined.
While the FCCPC and Mrs. Vivien Akpagher, the mother of the deceased 14-year-old, are yet to respond with their counters, Mrs. Akpagher has expressed her desire for the truth to be uncovered regarding the rape and death of her daughter. She believes that investigating the incident is necessary to attain closure and healing and expects cooperation from all parties involved.
The appeal hearing date is yet to be scheduled.