8th December, 2021
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said Ojodu Grammar School will remain shut till January 2022 after students protest the death of two of their colleagues.
A truck with brake failure rammed into students of the school crossing the road on Tuesday, killing two and injuring 12 others.
This led to a rampage with students burning four police vehicles and the truck.
On Wednesday, the students took to the street to protest vehemently and burnt a vehicle, which led the Lagos State Government to shutdown the school.
However, Sanwo-Olu expressed deep sorrow over the death of the students of Ojodu Grammar school.
In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile on Wednesday, Sanwo-Olu described the demise of the students as sad, unfortunate and avoidable.
The Governor sympathised with families of the bereaved students, their relatives, friends, management and staff of Ojodu Grammar school.
He said: “I commiserate with the parents, management, staff and students of Ojodu Grammar school over this unfortunate death of our students, whose lives were cut short by a truck driver yesterday.
“The sad incident has left me devastated since yesterday because it is terrible to hear about the death of innocent children, especially in a clearly avoidable circumstance like what happened yesterday.
“As a parent, words cannot express how shattered I was when I learnt about the incident. No one’s life, including those vibrant students, who were returning from where they had gone to learn for a better future, deserved to be ended in that manner.
“My deepest sympathies go out to their parents. I pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Our prayers are also with the survivors, who are receiving treatment at the hospitals.
“Meanwhile, we have immediately ordered that the affected schools be shut down till January, while investigations are ongoing. The erring driver has also been arrested.”