Lagos Shut School Over Students’ Death As LASTMA Denies Involvement




By Ayo Kehinde



In response to the parents who trooped to  premises of the Bab Fafunwa Millenium School, Ojodu in protest of the ugly accident which claimed the lives of two students and left 15 injured and hospitalized, the Lagos State Government has shut down school until January 2022.

Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, announced the closure when she visited the school on Wednesday.

A trailer had on Tuesday crushed some pupils of the school, leading to the death of two and many injured.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has said that its officials were not involved in the unfortunate truck accident that crushed some students on their way home from school in Ojodu on Tuesday.

The LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos.

Oreagba averred that from the reports he received on the incidence, the driver was believed to have lost control of the vehicle, probably because of mechanical reasons.

He, however, said the police was investigating the matter and the public should await their report.

Oreagba said LASTMA does not have a traffic management duty post around the accident scene.

He said: “So all patrol personnel had reported back to base for daily parade as at the time the accident occurred leaving only those at their traffic management posts.

“It is important to note that various unconfirmed reports in some media, not only LASTMA as an agency was fingered but some other government traffic control agencies.

“So, I wondered how all these agencies would be in pursuit of one truck, a truck that could be apprehended at a later date, that is, if it had committed any traffic infraction,” Oreagba said.

He advised that the media should refrain from rushing to the press with unsubstantiated reports, all in a bid to be the first to break the news that could engender public distrust before the revelation of the facts.

Oreagba commiserated with the families of the students that lost their lives and prayed for the quick recovery for the injured.

He said that everyone had the responsibility of making the roads safe by strictly adhering to all motoring and traffic rules and regulations that have been put in place.

As at press time, all the injured students are said to be 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.