The management of Premier Academy, Lugbe, Abuja on Thursday reiterated that the SS1 female student, Keren Akpagher, who died on 22nd June 2021, at a private hospital in Wuse Zone6, area of the city, was hale and hearty when she left the school along with her mother on Friday, June 18, 2021
Keren Akpagher, a 14-year-old female student of the school was alleged to have died from hyperglycemia triggered by sepsis resulting from infection caused by a decaying condom allegedly found in her.
But, speaking to newsmen during a press briefing in Abuja, Mrs Stella Oluremi Fawehinmi, founding Executive Director of the School, said even though Keren had an underlying health challenge being an insulin-dependent patient, she was hale and hearty when her mother, Mrs Akpagher, Vihimga Vivien, came to pick her from the school.
“Keren was taken to hospital at the request of her mother accompanied by one of the school’s nurses and after they came back, she requested to go back home for the weekend which was granted to her.
“You will see the clip when Keren left the school, how very happy she was with her colleagues, how they all hugged her, and she went to meet the parents outside.
“I think that is something the children will never ever forget. And they will be thinking how could that have been the last hug. She went out of here Hale and hearty” she said.
A video clip that captured the last 48 hours of Keren was played to members of the press ostensibly to show that the girl was not sick when she left the school on Friday, June 18, 2021.
According to Fawehinmi, the claim made by Keren’s mother at a recent press conference that the girl was distraught when she came to pick her up from the school was not true, and urged the Gender-based Violence Responders (GVR), organizers of the conference, not to use Keren’s death to seek cheap popularity.
“It is not a time for anybody to stand up and be the rabble-rouser and not let us get to the root of what killed the hard-working student Keren 48 hours after she left school. It is not a time to make all kinds of insinuations, distorted information, all kinds of melodrama, weeping up sentiments, you don’t scorn people in death.
“You don’t use Keren’s death to climb up for your personal aggrandisement. Don’t use Keren’s death to seek cheap popularity. Don’t tell lies about Keren’s death to pull down your neighbour” she added.
She maintained that there has never been any case of sexual abuse in Premier Academy Lugbe in 16 years, stressing that the school has put in place superb supervision methods, and many Closed Circuit Television CCTV Cameras to ensure adequate protection of the students and workers in the school.
“You want to know how much supervision we have in this school, how many CCTV cameras we have, how we deal with any staff, somebody said we said there is no sexual abuse in the school. Yes, there is no sexual abuse in the academy. And I say it again, there has never been any sexual abuse in the Premier Academy in 16 years” added Fawehinmi.
Although the autopsy was conducted to unravel the cause of death of Keren Akpagher, Fawehinmi said the board of the school has vowed to followup and get to the root of what actually transpired leading to the death of the girl, who she described as hard-working and determined to make a mark and help humanity despite her health challenges.
Also speaking, Grace Salami, the School Clinic Matron, said Keren came into the school with a history of type 1, diabetes melytus, which her mother said was diagnosed when she was nine years old.
According to her, the late Keren has been on insulin injections twice daily from nine years of age, which the school has properly managed including a special diet to suit her health condition.
“When I got to the Queen’s Clinic Wuse Zone 6, I met the girl in a coma, her breathing was not okay medically to me. I started asking questions again, I told the mother that when she called me in the morning, what she said was that the girl was delirious, of course, her hands were tied, her legs were tied, medically, it is okay, you can use it to restrain a patient that is struggling. But, because at that point in time I wasn’t expecting to meet her in a coma since the mother said she was delirious in the morning,
|I now ask her, she said yes she was sedated because she was still struggling. I wasn’t comfortable with that statement. I asked her how well she knows that hospital and she said she knows them very well that they even have a branch in Makurdi that she uses. And again, I suggested that can we move her out of this hospital she said no, that she is okay with the hospital. I asked to see the doctor because to me, at that point in time I feel the girl needed oxygen.
“But she told me they said the doctor has closed for the day. I was there till about 7 in the evening, I didn’t see the doctor, I didn’t see the condom because she told me they said decayed condom in her private part, and that her urine contained dead spermatozoa. She is not a medical person, but judging from my medical angle, I knew that it is not possible because a condom is a latex it cannot decay.
“If it has stayed in a place for long, the texture could change, the appearance could be altered but not to decay. And if it has stayed there for long we could not be seeing dead spermatozoa there” rationalized the Matron.
Nigeria Triumph In Dubai Spelling Bee Challenge Despite Sponsorship Woes
Nigeria colours is currently flying high in far away United Arab Emirate, where her team came 1st in the senior category of an intercontinental Spelling Bee competition final held at the weekend.
Nigeria team featured in 2 categories of the 2021 Intercontinental Spelling Bee competition final held on Friday 24th September at the Best Western plus Hotel Deira Creek Dubai.
The team came 1st in the senior category courtesy Oni Inioluwa Daniel of the Ambassadors College, Ota and Nigeria also came 3rd with Olujobi Oluwadarasimi Opeyemi also of Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State.
In the junior category Pearl Koshi Etika-Matthews Eni Memorial High School, Calabar, Cross Rivers State came 2nd, whilst Nanret Adamu from St. Augustine College, DU, Jos, Plateau State emerged the most promising Speller in the Senior category.
The Nigerian Consulate in Dubai was ably represented by Consul Prince Wale Awolesi, who donated $500 of his personal funds to the over $4,000 left to settle their bill.
Akin Olu-Philips the executive director Of Peat Philips Foundation, led the team to a successful outing in Dubai.
Female Journalist Laments EFCC Night Invasion Of Her Bedroom, Kitchen
A woman journalist, Mrs. Norah Okafor, has alerted authorities to the invasion of her home in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, by over 25 masked operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The incident, she said, took place on Thursday between 1:36 a.m and 2 a.m.
“At exactly 1:36 a.m, I was alerted by my brother that there were armed robbers at my gate trying to make their way into the compound. Because it was an electric fence, I didn’t bother enough because I felt they could not make their way in. Alas, I was wrong. At 2 a.m prompt, they entered the compound, and they came prepared. There were over 25 of them in two Hilux buses. They were masked and dressed in all-black attire.
A huge member of the team climbed the fence with a pair of pliers and immediately cut off parts of the wires. He jumped into the compound and, with an axe, broke the gate key open to enable the team enter my apartment.
“As a nude sleeper, while they tried to make their way into the compound, I found something to wear while my brothers and I were thinking of a way of escape. The worst case scenario for me was that they would rape or take the only valuable available (a car key).
So, I prepared my mind. The next thing I realised was that about seven of them were in my room with shouts of ‘Lie down, face down; (switch) on the light. Where’s your phone? Where’s your car key?’ They asked for so many things and I became confused. Seeing over 25 hefty men with different kinds of guns, mhen, e don be, be that (It had finally happened, I presumed).
“I handed the phone over to them with the key. Before then, they had taken my laptop. I turned to be sure if they were armed robbers.
They asked for my passwords to all the devices collected with masking tape to identify each. Still in shock, I heard someone destroying everything in the kitchen, my room, that of my brothers and all the drawers. I was still asking myself: what’s happening?
“They asked me to stand and follow them downstairs. Lo and beyond, they unmasked themselves. Hmmmm! Are these criminals? I asked. All my neighbours were already going through the same pain as I was.
They had given my brothers the beating of their lives, carried my neighbour downstairs and tried unlocking all the cars in the compound. And after searching all the phones and laptops, three of them walked in. Behold, they were from EFCC.
“What?” I screamed.
“Shut up” was the next thing I heard.
“When they couldn’t open my phone, they asked me to, and I did. After a while, I asked them: ‘Please, where is your office so I can come and pick up my things on my way to work?’ They asked me what I do and I said I’m a journalist. They asked my neighbour and he said ‘lawyer’; the other one a ‘doctor’.
“They looked at me, handed over the phones and said: ‘We just wasted our time.’
“Those fools spent over one hour molesting and destroying things in this compound. I feel so pained and embarrassed right now. “Is this how EFCC operates? How did we get here? Who is the informant? I am just confused right now. Thank God, my mum isn’t here…”
Yoruba Nation, Biafra Agitators, Two Others Protest As Buhari Addresses UN Assembly Today
While two of the groups are protesting against the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the third group will demonstrate in support of the ex-military leader.
One of the groups comprising Yoruba Nation and Biafra agitators, Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, is headed by Prof Banji Akintoye.
Also, activists under the aegis of TakeItBack movement have mobilised for a protest at UN headquarters in New York with demands.
PUNCH gathered that the last group would be holding a pro-Buhari protest tagged, ‘One Nigeria March.’
Akintoye explained that NINAS’ protest tagged, ‘Million-Man Freedom March,’ was to show the world “the crimes against humanity, attacks on press freedom, free speech and other criminalities being aided by the Buhari-led government of Nigeria.”
He also said the agitators “are demanding the conduct of a regional referendum so that the indigenous people can decide on their nationhood”.
The renowned historian accused the Federal Government of sponsoring the counter-protest at UN headquarters, alleging that black foreigners living in the United States of America were “hired at $500 per head.”
Akintoye, in a statement on Thursday by NINAS Director of Public Communications, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, said, “Irrespective of the material and financial superiorities of these Lions, there’s no way they can defeat United Foxes in a democracy.
“The Friday Grand March in New York shall be historic; hence, the Nigerian government is jittery. The ring leader of government officials and a top Lagos journalist are now in New York to start hiring black people who will pretend as Nigerians to stage a pro-Buhari and One Nigeria protest to counter NINAS.
“But we refuse to be rattled. We shall not be intimidated. No oppressor has ever triumphed against the collective will of the people. The people are the government and power belongs to the people. The people make the constitution.”
TakeitBack Movement’s Global Director of Mobilisation, Gbola Owoborode, listed four demands for the activists’ protest, among which were that the leader of Independent People of Biafra and Yoruba Nation activists, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Igboho, should be freed.
He said, “The regime should also free Sowore, unconditionally and drop all charges, of which he has been falsely accused.
“We demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, including Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho and the over 300 #endSARS activists still under illegal detention, as well as an end to terrorism, kidnappings. and banditry that has completely ravaged the entire country.
“The resignation of the Buhari regime that is incompetent, lawless, despotic, nepotistic and corrupt.
It has failed to guarantee the security and welfare of Nigerians which is their primary responsibility as a government. The Buhari Junta must go!”
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