An anonymous source has revealed that the family of electrocuted Unilag student, Oluchi Anekwe, have been compensated with ₦45 million by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company.
Oluchi Anekwe, a first class, 300 level student of Accounting in the University of Lagos, was electrocuted in November 2015 by a live wire on the school premises. Oluchi had reportedly entered the Eni Njoku Hall to buy an item and was walking out of the hostel when a high-tension wire fell on her. The remains of the Igbo-Etiti, Enugu State indigene, were buried shortly after.
Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, took up the case and wrote EKEDC, asking that the firm compensate the family or risk litigation. It was gathered that after series of meetings, the power firm buckled and settled with the family. The firm settled out of court after the family signed a non-disclosure agreement.
However, PUNCH reports that a credible source revealed to them that the settlement was to the tune of ₦45 million. The source said,
“They agreed and paid N45m in a non-disclosure agreement. This means the agreement is not to be disclosed to the public. It is supposed to be a private arrangement between the company and the girl’s family.
“The reasoning is that if it is publicised, it could encourage people who have similar grievances to insist on monetary settlements. That might not augur well for the company. The victim’s younger sister has also been flown abroad for treatment for the injuries she sustained in the incident.”
Oluchi’s father, Chief Basil Anekwe, refused to confirm if any money was paid to his family, saying instead that the victim’s younger sister was abandoned in an American hospital.
He said, “Which money are you talking about? Where did you get the information? Well, I don’t have an idea of what you are talking about; I am in Enugu right now.”
When further probed, he said,
“Do not ask me because I do not know you. You cannot hear anything from me. Go and confirm from the person that gave you the information. Write that I said I have nothing to say about it.
“I stopped the negotiation process because my daughter was abandoned in an American hospital and I had to go and get her.”
However, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Idemudia Godwin, confirmed that there was a settlement but declined to reveal the figure.