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Death Of Student Sparks Off Protest In UNILAG

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Varsity Remains Open, Says Management

By Oyeniran Apata, Lagos

The peaceful atmosphere that pervaded the Akoka main campus of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) until late afternoon yesterday was cut short soon after a Part Three student was struck dead when an overhead electricity cable fell on her.

Students of the institution staged a massive protest within the school premises following the detachment of a high tension electricity cable belonging to the Eko Electricity Distribution Company.

The victim, Oluchi Anekwe, a 300 level accounting student of the university was reportedly electrocuted at about 6.45 p.m. few metres to her room in Sodeinde Residence, New Hall.

Though she was immediately rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idiaraba, she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Deputy Registrar (Information), Mr. Olagoke Oke, who confirmed the incident, told Daily Independent that the cable, from a 33 KVA substation supplies power to Onike community, was subsequently

de-energised by the EKO Disco.

The students, who trooped to the main gate of the university chanting ‘No VC, No Going Back’ demanded for the presence of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahman Bello, and insisted they would not return to the campus for studies.

However, a statement signed by the institution’s President of the Students Representative Council, Abiodun Martins, regretted that the death of the student was avoidable and asked the management to avoid a re-occurrence.

The statement read: “Greatest Akokites, the University of Lagos Students’ Union regrets to announce the passing away of one of us, our very own OLUCHI ANEKWE, a 300 level student of the Department of

Accounting. Oluchi, till her death, was a first class student, and a very active student in class. Our condolence goes to her families, relatives and friends.

“The entire University of Lagos Students loved her, but God in His wisdom saw fit to embrace her. We shall surely miss her. Oluchi, GOODNIGHT. Signed: Comrade Abiodun Martins ULSU President,” the

statement said.

However, Eko Disco in a reaction sympathised with the management of the university and the entire student population on the death of the student.


The firm’s Public Relations Officer, Idemudia in a statement said: “A very sad situation. We sincerely sympathise with the family of the deceased and the entire students and authority of University of Lagos.

Meanwhile, our team of engineers is investigating the cause of the accident to avoid such from happening again”.

However, Oke, told Daily Independent in an interview that the university had not been shut, but stated that the university community would for sometime continue to mourn the death of the Oluchi.

Meanwhile, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahman Bello, has appealed for calm and discouraged the protesting students from taking their protest to the Eko Power Distribution Company, saying the cable had been de-energised immediately.

Meanwhile, academic activities were paralysed on the campus yesterday, and as at the time of filing this report, there were indications that lectures might also not hold today.