The Lagos State government has closed schools across the state in the wake of the ongoing EndSars protests in some Nigerian cities.
The state Ministry of Education said closing schools was a priority, and parents were urged to monitor their children’s whereabouts in the current situation.
Violence erupted in several Nigerian cities as protests against police brutality continued.
The Lagos State Government has directed all students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the #EndSARS protests.@jidesanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @lasgeducation @hc_education @gbenga_omo @gboyegaakosile#LASG #ForAGreaterLagos pic.twitter.com/lnZE7dIEZK
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) October 19, 2020
Lagos issued the order following renewed clashes across the state, with reports of road closures causing traffic congestion.
The parents of the children testified that this was an unpleasant situation they had found themselves in.
A parent said his main concern was the presence of weapons and rifles at the protest site.
Parents expressed their satisfaction with the government’s move because it will protect the lives of their children.
This situation comes after months of closures due to COVID-19 which prevented students from studying or going to school due to pandemic.
The government has now urged students to continue studying online until the situation calms down.
For two weeks, protesters have been taking to the streets, especially in Abuja and Lagos, despite calls by the government to stop the protest.