Nigeria: #EndSARS – Lagos State Orders Close Down of Schools.

The Lagos State government has commanded all primary and secondary schools across the state to be shut down as protests against police brutality intensify.

The instruction, according to the statement given by the commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo, is for both the public and private schools.

The statement, which was signed on behalf of the commissioner by the spokesman to the ministry of education, Kayode Abayomi, stated that the new development is in response to the intensifying protests against police brutality in the state.

The instruction came on the same day schools reopened fully for all classes including daycare, kindergarten and nursery groups.

The state holds that the safety of the pupils and their teachers is paramount and so deserves priority.

Mr Abayomi wrote; “She however advised parents to keep an eye on their wards and not allow them to be used as willing tools in the hands of those who might want to hijack the protests to unleash mayhem on the society.”

The commissioner also encouraged schools to make use of distance teaching and learning on radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post the recent COVID-19 lockdown.”

He announced that a new date for resumption of all classes will be announced as soon as it is favourable.

Apart from the state government secretariat and offices of various government agencies that were closed on Monday, many more roads were blocked by enraged youth accusing the government of impunity, corruption and faulty administration.

24-hour Curfew

Still on the violence that has been emmittedp in different parts of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced a 24-hour curfew, effective 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Mr Sanwo-Olu stated that no one, except essential service providers and first responders, should be found on the streets by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

There has been chaos in different parts of the city including Ikorodu, Ketu and Orile-Iganmu.

“I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society. Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our State,” Mr Sanwo-Olu cried.

“As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.

“I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4 pm today, 20th October,2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

The #EndSARS protests, which have been mostly peaceful, have turned into a panic stricken chaos.

Author: Mambe N. Mande N.

Freelance Journalist, Content strategist, Paint/Sketch Artist.

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