Following the demise of one of their colleagues yesterday, students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Yaba, Lagos state, have staged an in-house protest.
According to reports reaching Naij.com, the students have shut the institution’s main gate, as they asked the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahman Bello, to intervene in the matter.
Some of the students, who spoke with our correspondent, noted that since the electrocution took place within the school premises, the school management should take responsibility for the incident, which has left the family of the student in tears.
The late student, Oluchi Anekwe, who was reportedly electrocuted on her way to her room in Sodeinde Residence, New Hall, was said to have been rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), but was pronounced dead on arrival.
During the protest, the students chanted “No VC, No going back” as they demanded Professor Bello’s presence among them.
The students also took to twitter to express their anger over the unfortunate incident, noting that many are still unaware of the naked wires which are laying recklessly on the way to their hostels.
A memo signed by Abiodun Martins, the institution’s Students Union Government (SUG) president also showed the students’ displeasure with the ‘unavoidable’ incident.
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)
As at the time of filing this report, the students were still expressing their displeasure over the mishap, as reports from the institution’s Akoka, Yaba campus state that there are no vehicles coming in or going out of the school.