*Speaks of Underhand Plans to Cover Report
*Threatens Court Action
*Alleges Connivance Between School and Police
Mrs Vivien Akpagher, mother of 14 year-old Karen-Happuch Akpagher, a student of Premier Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, has disclosed that her daughter died as a result of the trauma she suffered being raped and sodomized by yet to be identified assailant(s) while still in the school. Mrs Akpagher, who made the disclosure in a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, noted that this is the position of the post mortem examination carried out on the body of her late daughter.
According to her, autopsy and medical report confirmed that her daughter was sexually abused, insisting that no amount of propaganda by her school, Premier Academy, Lugbe, and or the police would conceal the fact that she was raped and sodomized.
Meanwhile, Mrs Akpagher threatened to file for an order of mandamus to compel the hospitals and the police to release Certified True Copies of the medical and autopsy reports to her.
Also speaking during the press conference, leader of the Coalition of Gender-Based Violence, GBV, responders, Lemmy Ughegbe, noted that there are clear pointers in the autopsy report which indicate that Karen was raped and sodomized. According to her, the autopsy revealed that Karen had ‘whitish patches and excoriations’ on her labia major, patulous anal opening and sphincter with hymen absent.’ Ughegbe who is disturbed over the refusal of the police to put the result of the autopsy before the public, noted that the development may not be unconnected to the “unconscionable penchant of Premiere Academy, Lugbe to embark on cheap propaganda to distort established facts regarding what led to the death of our beloved Keren-Happuch.”
In particular Ughegbe’s major concern is that Premiere Academy Lugbe Abuja appears interested only in dwelling on the part of the autopsy report that they allowed the media to see while leaving out the more important part that confirmed that the girl was raped and sodomized.
“Gentlemen of the press, you know as much as we do that if the medical and autopsy report had gone against our claims that Keren was sexually abused, the police would have thrown the said reports in our faces. Instead, they are still hiding it from the victim’s families while releasing the same to the school for propaganda.
“We have watched with dismay and consternation the unconscionable penchant of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, to embark on cheap propaganda to distort established facts regarding what led to the death of our beloved Keren-Happuch,”
Ughegbe noted that while briefing the press on September 16, Premier Academy stated Karen died of diabetes, insisting that it was relying on the result of an autopsy it claimed to have received from the FCT police command. According to her however, the command, through Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Fom Pam Joseph, denied giving the said autopsy to the school, when confronted by Mrs Akpagher, in the company of her lawyer, Sani Izundu.
“Precisely on 16th of September 2021, Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja briefed the media feeding them with its diet of lies that Keren was not raped, but died of diabetes. In the media brief, the school said the autopsy report which it relied on to make the claims as to the cause of death of the 14-year-old child was made available to them by the FCT Police Command.
“However, when confronted by Mrs, Akpagher and her lawyer, Sani Izundu on claims by the school that it got the report from the FCT Command, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr Fom Pam Joseph, reportedly denied that he gave the school the said report it was relying on,” Ughegbe pointed out.
Ughegbe is even more worried about the seeming connivance between the police and Premier Academy, to distort the facts of the case. While not dismissing the claim by the police that releasing the autopsy result to the family might compromise investigation, even though the family is entitled to an original copy, he however, can’t put a finger on why the same police released the autopsy to the school, part of which it quoted in its press release, to mislead the general public. The development, he surmised, is an indication that indeed both the police and Premier Academy may be acting an unholy script.
‘While we are aghast that the same DCP who said releasing the information to the family would compromise their investigation, immediately after, released the same autopsy report to Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, we are glad that they have given us another evidence to our claim that the FCT Command and the said school are acting in cohort to undermine efforts to fish out the rapist,’ GBV noted.