Lagos govt shuts down schools over death of students in fatal accident

Government schools around the Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos were shut down on Wednesday, following a fatal accident which killed several students on Tuesday.

Part of the schools shut are Babs Fafunwa Millennium Junior Grammar School, Ojodu Junior Grammar School, and Ojodu High School, all within the same compound.

Ganiu Lawal, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, confirmed the closure of the schools to PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr Lawal said the schools have been shut down till the next session.

Meanwhile, other government schools around Ojodu Berger, such as Omole Junior Grammar School, also shut down activities.

A teacher at Omole Junior Grammar School, who cannot be named because he is not authorised to speak to the press, told PREMIUM TIMES that the students were about writing examination when they were instructed to shut down.

“We have already distributed writing materials to the students before they called us to stop and that the children should go to the assembly, where they were addressed.

“It is because of yesterday’s incident. Whatever affects Ojodu affects us here in Omole because of the closeness of the school,” the teacher said.

Before the directive to shut down the schools, parents, guardians and concerned citizens stormed Babs Fafunwa Millennium School, on Wednesday morning, to protest the opening of the school despite the incident.

The school, which lost two students to the incident, with several others injured, opened on Wednesday and was prepared to continue examinations.

One of the parents who spoke to TVC News, said the school ought not to have opened as they need to honour the deceased students.



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