The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has decried the delay in commencement of the investigative public hearing in the House of Representatives to alleged rape and eventual death of 14 year old boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja (PALA), Miss Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akphagher.
According to an alleged medical report from Queen Clinic where she died, Keren-Happuch died on the 22nd of June 2021 after the condom left inside her by a killer-rapist infected her with sepsis, which spiked her blood sugar, compromised her immunity, leading to her death by hyperglycemia.
Specifically, following a motion presented by Hon. Mark Gbilah on the floor of the House of Representatives on 7th of December 2021, the House resolved to conduct an Investigative public hearing into the rape and death of Keren-Happuch.
The House also reportedly directed the Inspector General of Police to conduct DNA test for all male staff of the said school in Lugbe Abuja and march it with the dead spermatozoa found in Keren’s urine.
Premier Academy in Abuja where the victim was a boarding student has denied allegations that the teenage student was raped by anyone within their school premises.
However, over eight weeks after these far reaching resolutions were made, HURIWA, in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, lamented that the House of Representatives seem to have developed cold feet about enforcing or implementing its own resolutions.
The Rights Advocacy Group affirmed thus: “We appreciate the far-reaching resolutions of the House of Representatives to uncover the alleged rape and death of Keren-Happuch.
But the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) is concerned that eight weeks after these resolutions were made, the House of Representatives seem to have developed a cold feet.
This is surely not good for the image of the green chambers. This seeming reluctance and delay can only achieve one thing – help the alleged killer-rapist to buy more time and evade justice”
“In case the import of their resolution to conduct investigative public hearing on the matter is lost on the lawmakers, HURIWA wishes to point out that a public hearing will go along way in reminding management of schools all across Nigeria and beyond that they are accountable for whatever happens to a child entrusted in their care in line with the principle of in loco parentis.
It will further clean up the aegean stable and the oozing odour in the global community that Nigeria as a Sovereign nation does not care about her Children.
HURIWA also calls on the House to urge the Inspector General of Police to protect the Executive Director of Men Against Rape Foundation and Leader of the Coalition of Gender Based Violence Responders, Lemmy Ughegbe whose life has been under alleged threat for seeking justice for Keren-Happuch.
“All security agencies and people of good will must continually support the work Ughegbe has been doing to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence generally and provide access to justice for victims, survivors and their families.”