UNILAG shut down as students protest electrocution
Academic and social activities in University of Lagos, UNILAG, Akoka, were Wednesday, suspended as scores of students from the higher institution trooped to the streets to protest the death of one of their own.
The deceased Oluchi Anekwe was a 300 level student from the Department of Accountancy who was electrocuted on Tuesday was electrocuted near a female hostel Madam Tinubu Hall, located within the school.
One of the students Abiodun Otukoya from the Faculty of Science told Vanguard the deceased left her room to await one of her friends who was bringing a course material when suddenly an electricity cable fell on her near a new generation bank and she was electrocuted on the spot.
The deceased was said to be a First Class student before her untimely death around 7.30pm of that fateful day and she was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Eye witnesses’ account said the protest which lasted for about six hours was said to have kicked off from the main gate of the school as the protesters barricaded entrance preventing visitors and vehicular movement in and out of the school premises.
The protesters carried placards singing solidarity songs and shut down the main entrance of the school while the school Vice Chancellor Professor Rahaman Bello later came to address them and said the incident was not the fault of the school but that of power distribution company.