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UNILAG Shut Down Following Student Death

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The management of the University of Lagos has closed down the school, following students’ protests over the tragic death of a student, Oluchi Anekwe.

The 300 level student from the Department of Accountancy was electrocuted on Tuesday, near a female hostel ‘Madam Tinubu Hall’, located within the school premises.

One of the students Abiodun Otukoya from the Faculty of Science told newsmen that the deceased left her room to await one of her friends who was bringing a course material, when the ill-fated electricity cable fell on her and she was electrocuted on the spot.

Reports say the deceased was a First Class student before her untimely death. Although she was rushed to the hospital, she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Eyewitnesses say the protest lasted for more than six hours with students singing solidarity songs and carrying placards with different inscriptions revealing their grief.

They also said the protest led to a barricade of the University’s main gate. As a result, entry in and out of the school was denied.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Rahaman Bello, later came to address the protesters. He said the incident was not the fault of the school but that of power Distribution Company.

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