Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Professor Rahmon Bello has said that adequate compensation must be made by the Eko Electricity Distribution Plc, EKEDP to the family of late Miss Oluchi Anekwe.
Bello who spoke during a press briefing at the institution’s conference centre said:
“The Federal Government panel findings has established that the faulty cable which caused Oluchi’s death belong to EKEDP and they must pay compensation to the family of the deceased.‘’EKEDP has put in place an Assurance Policy by an Insurance company whereby a compensation will be paid to family of a deceased in case of lost of life. The Insurance company has been contacted to come and assess the damage and give their recommendations for compensation. As soon as this is done, we will know the amount.”
Contrary to reports that late Oluchi was not professionally handled when she arrived at the Medical Centre, Bello disclosed that the University panel has established that both the nurse and doctor on duty confirmed she had no pulse on arrival and she was brought in dead to the Medical Centre.
‘’In accordance with standard practice, while her body was deposited at the mortuary, an autopsy was conducted and the pathologist came to the conclusion that her death occurred within seconds to few minutes of contact with the 11KV electric cable.’’
On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at about 7pm an 11 KV overhead transmission cable belonging to the EKEDP, which supplies power to Onike and other neighbouring communities around UNILAG fell and electrocuted Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-Level Accounting student.