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UNILAG Students Protest Oluchi Anekwe’s Death



Oluchi ProtestEarlier today, it was reported that a University of Lagos (UNILAG) student named Oluchi Anekwe died on Tuesday night, after being electrocuted to death when a high-voltage wire fell on her as she was returning to her on-campus residence.


And now, UNILAG students have taken to the streets to protest Anekwe’s death.

Protesters barricaded the main gate of the university and prevented vehicles from coming in or going out of the school, Vanguard reports.
President of the UNILAG Students’ Union Government (SUG), Abiodun Martins, is said to have spoken on behalf of the institution’s students, releasing the following statement:

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)

Photo Credit: Twitter


  1. ElessarisEllendil

    September 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    This is very depressing!! Just no words sad enough to describe this. However the SUG make me furious!!! I know that they’re a bunch of myopic, corrupt, self-servers playing at being communist but is this the best that they can do????

    They should be demanding resignations!, using this opportunity to push for an upgrade to UNILAG’s decaying campus infrastructure, where have the TETFUNDs’ gone??

    Absolutely useless!

  2. N. M.

    September 9, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    May her soul rest in peace, Amen.

  3. Benson Ossai

    September 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    So sad.May her soul RIP in the bosom of the lord.

  4. Mymind

    September 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    “We hereby call on all concerned authorities to swing into action so as to prevent future occurrence.”

    Nameless, faceless authorities. This is the thing that frustrates me about Nigeria. No accountability whatsoever! Who are the “concerned authorities”??? Name them!!!!!!! List their official email addresses, phone numbers, twitter handles, post their pictures and let people bombard them with questions and demand action. Who do they report to? Name that person/authority too! They owe students and this family an explanation. It is really sad that someone had to die for this to become an issue! Does the school not allocate funds for “maintenance”????? Who is stealing it? Seriously, we NEED answers.

    Gawd, I’m soooo pissed off by the death of this innocent girl, not to talk of all avoidable deaths that happen in Nigeria on a daily basis.

    Where is our maintenance culture? Where are the risk management experts??? Erm, your skills are needed, obvi!

    Dear Akokites, please fire your school administrators. They don’t know what they are doing.

    • lotusflower

      September 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Abi. Ask them! “All concerned authorities”…. WHO???? At any functional and credible institution, you can go the university’s web-page and find the contact details for those in charge of specific units within the university. Who oversees the maintenance of UNILAG’s facilities? Demand to see those in charge and their bosses.

    • martins a

      September 11, 2015 at 4:14 am

  5. mabel

    September 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    This is so sad. So so sad. How will her family cope with this unbearable loss? How? Unilag I love and will always love. But everything is just old in that school. I schooled there so I know. Nobody should come for me. The truth is bitter but must be said. Old infrastructure no maintenance. Yet they won’t buy new stuffs. I’m just tired. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

  6. Lol

    September 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Protest for her pls!

  7. maggy

    September 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    this is so sad, RIP…..

  8. zeal

    September 9, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    University of First Choice, so all the millions you make from Dipolma/pedigree, Degree and Post graduate students every year, y’all still don’t have a maintenance. Structure in place to prevent this kind of things from happening. Una doh o, well done.

  9. Yankeenaija

    September 9, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    The state of Maryland are awarding Freddie Gray’s family $6.4 million because the police may or may not have malhandled a known criminal. This girl’s family should be awarded nothing less than 10 million Naira for the sheer negligence on the part of the school. Why are there lose electricity poles/wires around the campus for crying out loud? It’s high time Nigerians started demanding accountability! This is simply not acceptable!

    • Lol

      September 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      I wish it was like that.

      Any how hopefully our university’s adminstration sector will get a revamp too in the next 4 years.

      Because they need it.

  10. nonijaz

    September 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! To think that this was totally avoidable. I weep for Nigeria, so just walking back to her hostel and that is it?
    REST IN PEACE, am sure you are in a better place.

  11. connie

    September 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    yes i thank god my parent ss suffered to move to the Ukl so me and my sibligns were born and raised in UK, no goriwing up in that hell called Nigeria where people suffa on dailybasis.

  12. Bola.

    September 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    It is unfortunate that when it comes to the youths in this country, little care is given. For God sake how can there be a bad cable unrepaired since all these years in a very busy place like Unilag, the authority in charge must be queried. I want to advice the students to continue to shout out loud in case of any intimidation or anything observed around that could endanger their life because parents sent them there to learn and not to die. Every one should be conscious of his or her environment and keep reporting any lurking danger until they are listened to. The school authority and the lecturers are there to serve the students because if the students are not there, the Government will not pay their salaries, so they should all take good care of the students like their own children. I pray that God will heal the heart of this bereaved parents and above all there should be no repeatition of this urgly incident.

  13. Tosin

    September 10, 2015 at 1:55 am


  14. Mara

    September 10, 2015 at 4:24 am

    OMG may God comfort her family and may her gentle soul rest in peace. I can’t imagine the pain her loved ones will be experiencing now…To think she was on top of her game and she just goes like that ….so much waste in Nigeria! …just everyday! Oh God help us, save our land from greed and mismanagement. .
    .the graveyard is indeed the richest place on earth.

  15. Mary

    September 10, 2015 at 8:16 am

    My condolences to her family n friends, may her gentle soul rest in peace.

  16. kiki

    September 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Great Akokites!!!

    Too bad

    May her soul rest in peace

  17. cos i say so

    September 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    God im in tears, she was a 1st class student, she was coming from church… she was one of the rare ones and she had to die like a chicken
    God u take the ones u love most the quickest… i will take solace in that
    I cannot even pretend to know the magnitude of her loved ones grief right now
    My brother died at 40 through his own negligence and I still cry when i hear his songs on the radiO
    GEJ’s B.S still remains, Buhari i bliv in you but you have to work faster

  18. martins a

    September 11, 2015 at 4:17 am

    thank you all for your love and support below is a lil video her class mates put together as a form of tribute to the easy smiling oluchi we know and will foreva live in our hearts

  19. True Talk

    September 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Too bad. Precious life wasted.

  20. cokefour

    September 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Sign the petition so we can stop preventable deaths like this in Lagos.

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