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Lagos shuts Ojodu Grammar School over students’ death

Ojodu Grammar School, formerly Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, has been shut down by the Lagos State Government until January 2022.

Folashade Adefisayo, the Education Commissioner, made the announcement during a visit to the school on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a trailer plowed into a group of students at the school. Some of the students lost their lives in the incident, while others suffered injuries.

Students and residents of the area were outraged by the incident.

Students at the school staged a protest early this morning in memory of the victims.

On Wednesday, parents demonstrated outside the school in protest at the students’ deaths.

They expressed their disappointment that the school was not immediately shut following the incident.

One of them said,

Why should the school reopen. The street is still smelling of the flesh of dead bodies. The exam should be postponed and students given automatic promotion is possible.”

While weeping, a mother lamented that

It is embarrassing that the school reopened today. How will the government do such? What do they want other mothers to be thinking of. My daughter is not in school and I have come to tell them that she must not fail. If they are heartless, I am not.”

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority’s general manager, Bolaji Oreagba, has denied that any of the agency’s employees were involved in the terrible truck crash.

Oreagba said,

From the reports we received on the incidence, the driver is believed to have lost control of the vehicle, probably because of mechanical reasons. The police are investigating the matter; the public should await their report.

“LASTMA does not have a traffic management duty post around the accident scene. And all patrol personnel had reported back to base for the daily parade as at the time the accident occurred leaving only those at their traffic management posts,” Oreagba noted.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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