The family of Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-level student of Accounting in the University of Lagos, who was electrocuted by a live wire on the school premises has been paid N45m as compensation.
According to reports, the money was allegedly paid after the Eko Electricity Distribution Company reached a non-disclosure agreement with the victim’s family.
“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.”
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, had reportedly took up the case and wrote EKEDC, asking the firm to compensate the family or risk litigation.
After series of meetings, the power firm agreed to settle with the family for N45m.