UNILAG students protest death of electrocuted colleague

UNILAG students protest death of electrocuted colleague

Yvonne Williams

Aggrieved students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, on Wednesday, protested the death of one of their colleagues, identified as Oluchi Anekwe, who was yesterday September 8, electrocuted on her way to her room in Sodeinde Residence, New Hall on the campus.

The students who reportedly barricaded the main gate of the university to express their grievances, however asked the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahman Bello, to intervene in the matter, as it occurred within the school’s premises.

This is even as they were said to have prevented vehicles from coming in or going out of the school.
Oluchi, a 300-level student of Accounting, who hails from Aku in Enugu state, was reportedly electrocuted when a high tension wire fell on her in front of the Sodeinde hall of residence in the campus.

She was immediately rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) but was pronounced dead on arrival.
However, reacting in a memo, President of the UNILAG Students’ Union Government (SUG), Abiodun Martins,expressed the students’ displeasure over ‘unavoidable’ incident.
It read:
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. We pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

The event that led to her death is in its entirety avoidable. We hereby call on all concerned authorities to swing into action so as to prevent future occurrence.

In this regard, we hereby declare that all academic and social activities of the school and of the students’ are hereby suspended for today and no unnecessary sound around the campus in honour of the lost soul.

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.
Comrade Abiodun Martins
ULSU President (2014/2015)

Source: www.vanguardngr.com

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