Family Of Electrocuted UNILAG Student Compensated With N45m

Family Of Electrocuted UNILAG Student Compensated With N45m
The family of Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-level student of
Accounting in the University of Lagos, who was electrocuted by a live
wire on the school premises, has been paid N45m as compensation.
A source told PUNCH Metro that the money was paid after the Eko
Electricity Distribution Company reached a non-disclosure agreement with
the victim’s family.

A correspondent had 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 Igbo-Etiti, Enugu State indigene, were buried
shortly after. The Federal Government also set up a panel to investigate
the death.
A Lagos-based 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. A credible source told a correspondent
that 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.”
When contacted, Oluchi’s father, Chief Basil Anekwe, refused to
confirm if any money was paid to his family, saying instead that the
victim’s younger sister was abandoned in an American hospital.
He said, “Which money are you talking about? Where did you get
the information? Well, I don’t have an idea of what you are talking
about; I am in Enugu right now.”

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