Abuja Superbike Accident: FCCPC’s Investigation Centred On Consumer Protection-EVC


FCCPC’s Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Babatunde Irukera

By Miriam Humbe

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has said that its investigation of the fatal vehicular accident involving a superbike at the Lokogoma area of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) was centred on consumer protection.

FCCPC’s Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Babatunde Irukera made the clarification in a statement signed on Friday.

He said that the Commission’s investigation excluded any consideration or otherwise of the professional conduct of any licensed professional in the treatment or management value chain of the incident that was the subject of the investigation.

The Commission therefore invited, and advised persons relevant to the investigation to consider and recognize their obligations with respect to compliance, and in particular under Sections 17(a), (e), (h), (s), (y); 32; 33, especially (3), (4); 34; 36; 80; 104; 105; and 105 of the FCCPA.

Here’s a full text of the statement:

On Monday July 3rd 2023, the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (“Commission”) became aware of an emerging situation associated with a fatal and unfortunate vehicular accident in Abuja at approximately 1030hrs on Sunday July 2nd, 2023.

Initial information suggests that, a collision between riders at the time operating motorbikes (one of which was a high capacity motorbike, otherwise referred to as a power bike) led to initial fatalities, and an injured rider. The injured rider also ultimately became a fatality.

Operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) properly responded and managed the accident scene. The response included transporting the injured rider to Mayfield Specialist Hospital, Suncity Estate, Lokogoma. This healthcare facility was proximate and appropriate in the circumstance for emergency intervention, patient stabilization, and or continuing treatment, including escalation or referral, as may be applicable or expedient.

The response, and course of actions by Mayfield Specialist Hospital has become the subject of controversy and aggravation from a consumer protection standpoint, as well as complaint/engagement to, and with the Commission.

In swift response, the Commission gathered substantial information from public or open sources; friends and family; and other credible channels.

In furtherance of the information curated, and in recognition of the urgency and rapidly evolving circumstances, the Commission immediately opened an investigation, including executing a search of Mayfield Specialist Hospital facility on Wednesday July 5th, 2023 between 1119hrs and 1713hrs pursuant to, and in compliance with Section 27(1) and (3) of the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Act 2018 (FCCPA).

The objectives of the investigation include:

Sufficiency (or failure[s], where applicable) of responses by any relevant stakeholder in the emergency situation that ensued from a consumer protection standpoint under FCCPA,

Preventing avoidable and undesirable outcomes in similar situations in the future.

Consequences, if and where applicable under the FCCPA.

Evidence so far procured provides sufficient basis (otherwise known as probable cause) to advance the inquiry to a broader, more detailed investigation with respect to consumer protection; and whether certain parties (particularly Mayfield Specialist Hospital) fulfilled required obligations of care to a consumer under the FCCPA.

Specifically, the Commission has obtained:

Multiple pieces of information described, or considered medical records

Identities of certain persons of interest

Inventory of medications available at time of incident

Payment records for services associated with the incident

Relevant CCTV footage

The Commission’s investigation is limited to consumer protection.

Any facts sought or procured regarding the duty or standard of cared owed in any situation under inquiry is exclusively for the purpose of remedies for consumers, and or consequences for infringement(s) of the FCCPA.

The objective of the Commission’s investigation expressly excludes any consideration or otherwise of the professional conduct of any licensed professional in the treatment or management value chain of the incident that is the subject of this investigation.

The Commission is neither mandated, nor equipped to asses or resolve questions of ethical compliance to, or with any professional code, or what professional regulatory consequences are attributable to any violation of such code.

In the event that any facts, or combination(s) thereof, emerge in the course of the investigation which fact(s) may implicate or raise questions of professional or ethical conduct or standards, the Commission’s relationships and mutual understandings with other, and applicable regulators such as the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) require disclosure and referral of the specific fact(s) to such regulators for their consideration and review with respect to enforcing the professional standards, code, or discipline where appropriate.

Multiple judicial pronouncements have now settled the jurisdiction, and scope of the Commission’s duties, as well as powers in investigating conduct with any consumer protection dimension.

As such, the Commission invites, and advises persons relevant to the investigation to consider and recognize their obligations with respect to compliance, and in particular under Sections 17(a), (e), (h), (s), (y); 32; 33, especially (3), (4); 34; 36; 80; 104; 105; and 105 of the FCCPA

The Commission will provide relevant updates.


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