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DISTORTED FACTS.

 

1. ORGANIZATIONS/BODIES.

 

Distorted fact:

Sixteen investigations carried out by various bodies/organizations.

 

Real fact:

Aside from the NGOs/Civil organizations led by Lemmy Ughegbe, FCCPC interviewed Keren’s mum in their office, QA Department in FCT interviewed her (also visited her house a couple of times), she reported to the FCT Command as well as the FCIID so she has been in contact with them. There was no feedback from FCCPC or QA. Maybe there was one to the school which gives her the confidence that she was not indicted.

 

(2) WHEN WAS KEREN IN DISTRESS AND UNABLE TO WALK?

 

Distorted fact:

Keren walked out of the school gate herself on the 19/6/21 and her mother alleged she was not able to walk.

 

Real fact:

Check all interviews granted by Keren’s mum or the coalition there have been no mention of Keren being unable to walk on 19/6/21. It has been consistently reported that Keren was in distress and could not walk to school on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021 in fact she wrote her test crying on that day as reported by her House mother – Rita Adejide reported to me on 19/6/21 that I should disregard the Matron’s report that Keren was okay and the school can handle her. She advised Keren’s mum to make a lot of noise at the gate and ensure that she takes her home because Keren could not walk on her own to school, had to be supported by her friends to write a test crying on 16/6/21 (Wednesday).

 

3. CCTV FOOTAGE.

 

Distorted fact:

CCTV Footage of Keren from the 17th to 19th June, 2021 is what the school is putting out there.

 

Real fact:

CCTV footage of 15th – 19th is what Keren’s family and the coalition of GBV CSOs asked for. However, since the school is referring to 12th may 2021, footages of 12/5/21 (when it is alleged her uncle picked her) to 19/06/21 (when she was released to her mother) should be provided.

 

(4) RAPE WAS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL PREMISES.

 

Distorted fact:

Keren, if raped it would have been during the Salah period when she went home so her uncle and brothers friends should be investigated.

 

Real fact:

Keren was raped: A discharge from Keren was tested to be condom and her urine sample revealed dead spermatozoa in it 28 days after she was returned to school. Medical practitioners will confirm that it is impossible for dead spermatozoa to be seen in urine 28 days after it was deposited in the body.

 

5. BIRTHDAY “PARTY” OF 10/04/21

 

Distorted fact:

Her uncle organized a birthday party for her and took her to the party.

 

Real fact:

There was no party organized by her uncle or anybody on 10th April 2021 rather it was a get together with her friends to mark her birthday where everybody catered for themselves. Her uncle did not sponsor the party, did not drop her at the venue and was nowhere near there. Her elder brother, Joash escorted her using a bolt taxi to the venue and brought her back. Of what significance is a party that happened 2 months 12 days before her death? Trying to drift away from the issue at hand.

 

6. SALAH BREAK.

Distorted fact:

The same uncle picked Keren on the 12th of May 2021 for the Salah break leaving her brother behind to observe the break in school.

 

Real fact:

Keren was picked by her mother on Friday, 14th May 2021. She did not leave the school on 12th May 2021 as alleged by the school. This was because her mum had asked them to stay back and read in school since it was a break for Moslems. On Friday, she called the acting principal Mr. Christopher Akinsowon seeking permission to visit with them and give them some home food. The Principal commended her saying she was an exemplary parent and said, “she is the kind of parent he likes to deal with”. Furthermore, he asked that she should not bring too much food for them. It was Mr. Chuka Okarfor that helped call Keren and Joash to the Tech Lab where the mum and her brother, who drove her were waiting for them. Keren’s mum noticed Keren had a red eye and called the clinic Matron whom though she wasn’t in school, arranged an exeat to allow her take Keren home for medical attention. This exeat was prepared under five (5) minutes. Keren was returned to school on 23rd May 2021 by her mother in great condition.

 

7.GUARDIAN OF MY KIDS

Keren’s uncle ( her mum’s brother) who has been living in Abuja before her mum was transferred to Abuja, has always been the Guardian of my kids. From 2014 to date. She was working away from Abuja and was only transferred to Abuja in December of 2020.

 

Signed:

Vivien Akphager,

Keren’s mother.

 

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Comrade Ikem Anthony Kalzeeni, Spokesperson

Justice 4 Keren Movement.

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Police launch manhunt for Sterling Bank staff for Stealing customers’ N300m

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The Delta State Police Command on Sunday says it has begun search for a female staff of Sterling Bank in Effurun Branch, Delta State for allegedly disappearing with customers’ money to the tune of N300 milion.

 

Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Bright Edafe who confirmed this to our correspondent, said that the suspect, a female staff (name withheld) allegedly defrauded customers of the bank she works in the sum of N300million, adding that the police were seriously looking for her.

 

DSP Bright Edafe said that the female banker was said to have approached some account owners to grant her permission to be using their money for business while she would be giving the customers certain percentage every month, adding that this was not to be as it was discovered last week by one of the customers that the woman stopped coming to work and an attempt to reach her on phone was unsuccessful as her lines were switched off.

 

It was gathered that on getting to her house around Living Faith Church at Water Resources, Effurun where she lived, it was alleged that she had also absconded as one of her colleagues said that the female banker did business with customers’ money with their consent while it backfired when many people she gave money to refused to pay back, a situation that had kept her hiding from the people.

 

Edafe said that the police will do everything possible to arrest her, disclosing that her co-workers denied her whereabouts when the incident happened upon police investigation, adding that there has been palpable tension laced with threats to sack her co-workers who assisted her to ensure that she was allowed to be using the funds when they pleaded with the owners of the money.

 

He also revealed that her husband had been invited for questioning.

 

Kontongs Bello, Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed this to journalists, said that the suspect is wanted for many cases that bothered on robbery, stealing among others, adding that the police will do everything possible to smoke him from his hideout.

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Oriental Energy in 4m Dollar Debt Mess

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The Federal high court sitting in Lagos, south west Nigeria has adjourned till 28 of September,2022, when hearing will commence in a case of debt recovery of USD4,143,856.70 filed against Oriental Energy Resources Company by Borr International Operation drilling company,being an alleged outstanding approved and unpaid invoices for the drilling services rendered in accordance with Contract for the provision of Jack-Up Drilling Unit and Drilling Rig Services rendered in the Defendant’s Ebok Field in OML 67.

 

 

The drilling company in a suit filed by its lawyer, Barrister,Gabriel Uduafi is also praying the court for interest on US$ 4,143,856.70 million based on the current London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), one month interest rate increased by 5 percent and calculated pro data on a daily basis from 6th October, 2021, till the date of liquidation of the judgement debt.

 

In its statement of claim, the Plaintiff stated that by the relevant provisions of the contract, the Drilling Operations, which the Plaintiff was engaged to carry out was required to be done within the Firm Term of 120 days.

 

It stated that going by the relevant provisions of the Contract, there was no fixed-or set target that the Plaintiff was obligated to achieve, as the Contract was not a turnkey but a day rate’ contract; and to this effect, Clauses and Schedule of the Contract explicitly set out the various rates to include Operating Rate, Standby Rate, Repair Rate, . Force Majeure Rate, Redrill Rate, Moving Rate and Zero Kate.

 

The plaintiff stated that the Lump Sum payments under the contract are the Mobilization cost of $450,000 and the

Demobilization cost of $250,000, a sum Which become due and payable upon the completion of the contract.

 

However,following the default in making payment as stipulated under the Contract, the plaintiff wrote to the Defendant both by mail and letters, demanding for the payment of the outstanding and approved invoices and that the Defendant wrote replies raising issues and points that are completely alien to the Contract as its reason for not making the payment.

 

The Plaintiff contended that in setting up a completely ridiculous claim, the Defendant claimed spread cost for nonproductive time (NPT) in the total sum of US$3,437,500.00 where there is no provision in the Contract to support such claim.

 

The Plaintiff added that following series of engagement , it was compelled to instruct its lawyers to issue a demand for the payment of the invoices, and by a letter dated 19th January, 2022 the Plaintiffs Solicitors delivered a formal demand for the payment of some of the outstanding invoices in the sum of US$2,533,749.12 net of taxes.

 

Rather than simply honour its payment obligation under the Contract and credit the Plaintiff with the value of the invoices, the Defendant caused its Solicitors to reply the Plaintiff’s formal demand by the letter dated 26th January, 2022 by which the Defendant now seeks to claim the sum of $10,511,754.00 as spread cost for non-productive time (NPT) and consequential loss, as against the sum of US$3,437,500.00 initially set up by the Defendant in its earlier engagement with the Plaintiff.

 

The plaintiff added that in accordance with the provisions of the Contract, the same came to completion on 10th October, 2021 when the Plaintiff’s Drilling Unit left the Defendant’s Ebok Field OML 67.

 

Plaintiff avers that by the Completion Date, the lump sum Demobilization Rate of US$250,000 became due and payable.

The reasons given by the Defendant in refusing to honour its payment obligation under the Contract are flimsy, frivolous, vexatious and ultra vires, the provisions of the Contract between the Parties, and having approved the invoices, the defendant is obligated to make the payment within the stipulated 30 days under the Contract.

Consequently,excuses given by the Defendant in failing to honour its contractual obligations to the Plaintiff are simply provocative, as same are not supported or derived from the Contract.

The Plaintiff is being denied of the payment due to it in respect of the services rendered to the Defendant

as a result of which the Defendant is indebted to the Plaintiff to the tune of US$4,143,856.70 as stipulated under Clause 11.2 of the Contract.

It will be in the interest of justice to grant all the reliefs claimed in this suit adding that except the Court intervenes and grant the reliefs sought, the Defendant will continue to default in the payment of the invoices which have been duly approved for payment by the Plaintiff.

In its defence, Oriental Energy Resources Limited stated that the company is not indebted to the Plaintiff in the manner alleged in it’s claim or in any manner whatsoever as the invoices upon which the alleged debt purportedly arose are disputed by the defendant.

 

The Defendant stated that the Plaintiff misled it into agreeing to the mobilisation of the drilling rig to commence the contract, by fraudulently misrepresenting to the Defendant that its drilling rig, Borr Natt, was suitable for the Defendant’s Drilling Programme.

 

In an affidavit deposed to by Abraham Faga, a Well Engineering Manager in the Defendant company, he stated that the Defendant is not indebted to the Plaintiff in the way and manner alleged in its claim or in any way and manner whatsoever as the Defendant is disputing the invoices upon which the purported debt arose.

 

He averred that without the Plaintiff’s fraudulent misrepresentations, the Defendant would never have commenced the contract and approved mobilisation of the drilling unit, hence the issue of Plaintiff’s invoices which were issued within the contract would never have arisen.

 

He added that the Defendant would, be claiming for a refund of all payments it has so far made to the Plaintiff as the payments were fraudulently obtained.

 

He claimed that due to the Plaintiff’s fraudulent misrepresentation, the purported execution of the contract was completely appalling with non-productive time of over 25 days attributed to rig related repairs which is unprecedented in the industry for drilling operations.

 

He stated that the Plaintiff hastily commenced this suit under undefended list to mislead the court into believing that the Defendant has no defence to its claims.

 

The deponent further stated that Justice will be better served if the Defendant is allowed to defend the suit.

 

He urged the court to transfer the suit to Ordinary Cause List for a complete and holistic determination of all issues in controversy.

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