INSIDEMAINLAND – The Executive Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Hon. David Odunmbaku, has ordered the full closure of all the schools within the complex of Ojodu Grammar Schools till the Lagos State Ministry of Education says otherwise.
This directive is coming as a reaction to the tragic incident that occurred yesterday, December 7, 2021, when a DAF truck with Registration No. APP 438 YA driven by one ‘Bolaji Kabiru’ rammed into some pedestrians at Grammar School Bus Stop along Ogunnusi Road, who were later identified as students of Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu Junior Grammar School, Omole Junior High School.
The unfortunate incident resulted in the death of two students who were identified as Adedoyin Adebayo and Akpolebi Israel.
Also, seven (7) females and five (5) males totalling twelve victims sustained varying degrees of injuries and the corpses of the dead students were evacuated with the support of officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and deposited at the Morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy.
The Chairman said that all the injured students are in stable conditions and are receiving medical attention at the following Hospitals, God’s Apple City Hospital, Ojodu Berger, Royan Hospital, Aina Street Ojodu, St. Michael Hospital, Ojodu, and the Lagos State Emergency Hospital, Toll Gate, Ojota, as the erring driver had been apprehended and is in police custody.
He however said that the angry students who were later joined by hoodlums set the accident vehicle ablaze, vandalized the Ojodu Police Station, operational vehicles of the men of Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) and some private articulated vehicles along Ogunnusi road.
Continuing, the LCDA Chairman said: “My heart is broken for the families and friends of students who lost their lives in this horrible accident. This is a devastating tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the horrible accident, I, therefore, send my heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families, May God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
“I want to also use this medium to appreciate the management of all the schools in the Ojodu School Complex, FRSC, NPF, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the management and staff of Lagos State Accident & Emergency Centre and other Private Hospitals that took in victims. Our special thanks to Mrs. Evelyn Kelechi for her outstanding display of humanitarian zeal which saved the lives of most of these Students. We cannot thank you enough.”
“Also, we commend the motherly role of the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo who represented His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu and was with us all through the night as we attended to the victims and all coordinated the stakeholders meeting held at the Babs Fafunwa Millenium Grammar School this morning and I want to use this medium to announce the directive of the Lagos State Ministry of Education that all schools within the Ojodu Grammar School Complex remain closed until further notice.”
“Finally, I implore us all to maintain the peace and remain calm, rather than take to wanton destruction of properties and facilities let us remember the bereaved families in prayer, allow the police carry out a thorough investigation, and avoid seeking self-help.”