Lagos Government closes schools in Ojodu after death of students by truck

Lagos Government closes schools in Ojodu after death of students by truck

The Lagos State government has announced the shutting down of the Ojodu Grammar School, Ojodu-Berger area.

1st News had reported that this is following the killing and injuring of several students of the school by a heavy-duty truck on Tuesday.

In a media briefing on Wednesday, December 8, the Lagos Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo revealed that academic activities at the school have been suspended.

Adefisayo disclosed that students would return in January to write the end-of-term exams interrupted by the incident.

She said, “We need the children to calm down and grieve for now. We will resume in January.

“It is an internal exam, so they will do tests and we will make up so they can have a continuous assessment. They’ll roll out those tests when they come in January. It’s not disturbing the coverage of the scheme of work.”

The truck lost its brake and rammed into the students who were about to cross the road.

It was learned that the truck driver fled the scene but was arrested by students and residents of the area. However, the truck was destroyed and set ablaze by an irate mob

Students of the school on Wednesday attempted to lynch officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Residents in the area confirmed that the students had been seeking out LASTMA officials since Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday, December 7, debunked reports that its officers were involved in the crash along Ogunusi Road, Grammar School Bus Stop, Lagos State.

1st News had also reported that a hit-and-run truck had crushed some pupils on Tuesday; at the bus stop just as they closed from school around 2 pm.

The Lagos State Police Command has since arrested the unnamed driver; also adding that investigation had commenced into the incident.

In a statement, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Olusegun Ogungbemide, said the articulated truck lost control; resulting in the death of an “unverified number of students and leaving many injured.”

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