Legal Nigeria

UNILAG panel probes student’s death

A four-man panel has started probing the death of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) student, Oluchi Anekwe, who was electrocuted on the campus last week.
The panel, according to the spokesman of the institution, Mr. Goke Oke, is headed by Professor Mustapha Danesi  a professor of medicine.
The spokesman also denied the claims by the deceased family that she died in the institution’s medical centre due to workers’ negligence.
He said: “I know our medical employees are professionals and experts and I believe they acted according to professional standards. However, the panel will investigate the matter.”
Oke, who appealed for calm and understanding during the investigation, said he empathised with the family of the deceased and did not seek to engage them in brickbats
He also said Oluchi’s parents had not been contacted in respect of compensation and that the institution was in contact with the electricity company to remove the cable from its premises.

“The university, being a community in itself, is located within the Akoka/Onike community and it cannot dissociate itself from its environment. The power station is just behind the school and we cannot be hostile to them,” he said.
Miss Anekwe, a 300 level student of the department of Accounting, died when an electric cable that runs over a hall of residence, New Hall, snapped and hit her.
The institution is still investigating the alleged rape of a post/UTME candidate by one Dr Akin Baruwa, who claimed to be a part-time lecturer of the institution.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the late Oluchi’s family, describing the incident as unfortunate. The president’s condolence message was sent through the Federal Government delegation to the victim’s family.
The delegation, which comprises top government officials, was led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education.