CPC dis­so­ci­ates self from N17m judgment against Coca-cola

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

The Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Coun­cil (CPC) has dis­so­ci­ated it­self from a pub­li­ca­tion sug­gest­ing that it se­cured a N17 mil­lion judgment against Co­ca­cola from the Supreme Court of Nigeria. A state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day in Abuja and signed by the com­mis­sion’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Ba­batunde Iruk­era, said prior to his ap­point­ment as Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, was a part­ner at Sim­mon­sCooper Part­ners, and in that role, rep­re­sented the re­spon­dent in that ap­peal, be­ing Mrs Ti­ti­layo Ak­isanya, in this case which em­anated from the Na­tional In­dus­trial Court as far back as 2012.

“The sub­ject of the lit­i­ga­tion ap­pears to be a pri­vate em­ploy­ment dis­pute be­tween Coca-cola and Ak­isanya. The con­flict was not about, or on ac­count of a con­sumer is­sue or fail­ure,” the state­ment said.

The CPC said there was no un­der­ly­ing com­plaint or ap­par­ent statu­tory ju­ris­dic­tion of the CPC.

“The only con­nec­tion of the CPC to this case is that the court de­ci­sion was delivered by the Supreme Court at a time af­ter coun­sel of record, Ba­batunde Iruk­era, was ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nigeria as Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the CPC, even though he pre­vi­ously ar­gued the case be­fore this ap­point­ment,” the state­ment said.

It said that though Co­ca­cola, like any other com­pany, is within the con­sumer pro­tec­tion ju­ris­dic­tion of the CPC, this case was not about any such is­sue and the CPC nei­ther con­trib­uted nor par­tic­i­pated in the dis­pute or ju­di­cial process.

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