Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Family of Female UNILAG student who was electrocuted gets N45 million compensation
The family of Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-level student of Accounting in the University of Lagos [UNILAG], who was electrocuted by a live wire on the school premises, has been paid N45 million as compensation.
A credible source disclosed that the money was paid after the Eko Electricity Distribution Company reached a non-disclosure agreement with the victim’s family.
It was reported in September 2015 that Oluchi, a first class student of UNILAG, was electrocuted at about 7pm, while returning from an evening mass with her younger sister.
Oluchi had reportedly entered the Eni Njoku Hall to buy an item and was walking out of the hostel when a high-tension wire fell on her. The remains of the Enugu State indigene were buried shortly after.
According to Punch, the Federal Government also set up a panel to investigate the death.
Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, reportedly took up the case and wrote EKEDC, asking that the firm compensate the family or risk litigation.
It was gathered that after series of meetings, the power firm buckled and settled with the family. The source said the firm paid N45m to the family.
He said, “They agreed and paid N45m in a non-disclosure agreement. This means the agreement is not to be disclosed to the public. It is supposed to be a private arrangement between the company and the girl’s family.
“The reasoning is that if it is publicised, it could encourage people who have similar grievances to insist on monetary settlements. That might not augur well for the company. The victim’s younger sister has also been flown abroad for treatment for the injuries she sustained in the incident.”