INSIDEMAINLAND – The Executive Chairman, Ojodu LCDA, Hon. David Odunmbaku, has released an official statement addressing the tragic auto crash which occurred yesterday, December 7, 2021, involving students of Babs Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu, Lagos Mainland.
The statement reads:
Yesterday, December 7, 2021, at about 02:15 pm, 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 later identified as students of Babs Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu Junior Grammar School, Omole Junior High School.
Unfortunately, as a result of the accident, two students were confirmed dead on the spot. The identity of the deceased is revealed below:
- Adedoyin Adebayo,
- Akpolebi Israel
Asides from the two deceased, seven (7) females and five (5) males totalling twelve victims also sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Corpses of the dead students have been evacuated with the support of officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and were deposited at the Morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy.
As of now, we can confirm 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
• Lagos State Emergency Hospital, Toll Gate, Ojota.
The erring driver has been apprehended and is in police custody.
However, 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 at along Ogunnusi road.
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.
My heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families, May God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
While I give assurances that justice will be done, we have also commenced proper examination and analysis of the survivors.
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.
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 to carry out a thorough investigation, and avoid seeking self-help.
I appeal that we respect the family’s privacy. There’s a need for calm at this trying time.