Electrocution at Unilag: Varsity recommends compensation for victim’s family

Late UniLAG student, Oluchi Anekwe eletrocuted by Police
Late UniLAG student, Oluchi Anekwe eletrocuted by Police

LAGOS—The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Professor Rahmon Bello has said that adequate compensation must be made by Eko Electricity Distribution Plc, EKEDP to the family of late Miss Oluchi Anekwe.

Bello who spoke during a press briefing at the institution’s conference centre said: ‘’The Federal Government panel findings has established that the faulty cable which caused Oluchi’s death belong to EKEDP and they must pay compensation to the family of the deceased.

‘’EKEDP has put in place an Assurance Policy by an Insurance company whereby a compensation will be paid to family of a deceased in case of lost of life. The Insurance company has been contacted to come and assess the damage and give their recommendations for compensation. As soon as this is done, we will know the amount.’’

Contrary to reports that late Oluchi was not professionally handled when she arrived at the Medical Centre, Bello disclosed that the University panel has established  that both the nurse and doctor on duty confirmed she had no pulse on arrival and she was brought in dead to the Medical Centre.

He said: ‘’In accordance with standard practice, while her body was deposited at the mortuary, an autopsy was conducted and the pathologist came to the conclusion that her death occurred within seconds to few minutes of contact with the 11KV electric cable.’’

He, however said  that to forestall future occurrence,  on August 26, 2015, in a later, the institution had requested EKEDP to ensure that all overhead cables within the campus are buried in line with safety standard.

You will recalled that on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at about 7pm an 11 KV overhead transmission cable belonging to the EKEDP, which supplies power to Onike and other neighbouring communities around UNILAG fell and electrocuted Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-Level Accounting student.

Meanwhile, on the findings of Mr Baruwa  Afeez Akinfolarin  who allegedly raped a female seeking admission, the Vice Chancellor said: ‘’Baruwa is not a staff of the Department of Accounting. According to him, Baruwa had never taught any course in the Department of Accounting or in any other department in the Faculty of Business Administration.’’

He explained; ‘’the relationship that Mr. Baruwa Afeez Akinfolarin had  with the UNILAG is that he was a former student of the university where he did his undergraduate degree course at the Distance Learning Institute, DLI and also his Postgraduate degree course M.Sc. Marketing in the Faculty of Business Administration. ‘’He was later engaged by the DLI as a project supervisor and invigilator for its residential programme in the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 Academic sessions.

‘’Faculty of Business Administration annex, room 08 where the incident was alleged to have occurred was officially allocated to Dr. Oluwatunji Dakare, an academic staff of the Faculty of Business Administration.’’


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