CPC clears air on N17million naira judgment against Coca-Cola

CPC’s attention was drawn to a publication in a national newspaper, suggesting that it secured judgment in the sum of N17 Million against Coca-Cola from the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The newspaper’s story factually reports that the current Director General of the Council, Babatunde Irukera, prior to his appointment as the Council’s helmsman, was a partner at SimmonsCooper Partners, and in that role, represented the respondent, Mrs. Titilayo Akisanya, in the Appeal, which emanated from the National Industrial Court as far back as 2012.

The subject of the litigation was a private employment dispute between Coca Cola and Akisanya. The conflict was not about, or on account of a consumer issue or failure. There was no underlying complaint or apparent statutory jurisdiction of the CPC in the case. Essentially, the only connection of the CPC to this case is that the court’s decision was delivered by the Supreme Court after the then counsel to the respondent, Babatunde Irukera, had been appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Director General of the CPC.

Indeed, Coca-Cola, like any other company is within the consumer protection jurisdiction of the CPC. But, this case was not about any such issue and the CPC neither contributed nor participated in the dispute or judicial process.