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THE Lagos State Government has shut down the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, over the death of a five-year-old pupil, Chidera Eze, in May 2022.

According to a statement by the state’s Ministry of Education, the school would remain closed pending an administrative investigation of its operations and procedures, and of the activities of its officials.


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The Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, who signed the statement, said that the school was yet to be appropriately registered.

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It read, “A preliminary probe by the Office of Education Quality Assurance of the Ministry has shown that the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, is yet to conclude its registration and is, therefore, not yet an approved school.

“The Ministry is concerned about the safety of the pupils, hence the need for intervention. The school will remain closed until all the required approval processes are concluded.”

It asked the parents of the late pupil to be patient and wait for the conclusion of its administrative investigation.

Chidera was suspected to have died during a driving lesson allegedly while in the custody of the school. The police are investigating the matter.

It was gathered that some teachers and caregivers of the school took Chidera and his colleagues for the swimming lesson at the Ivory Health Club, Ogundana Street, Ikeja, when the incident happened.

The grieving mother of the five-year- old, Nkiru Eze, said in an interview that life had not been the same anymore without her son.

“Life has changed dramatically, and it has made me realise that the five years I spent with my son were the happiest years of our lives. It does not feel real, but it is real nonetheless.

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“I have been struggling, but I just feel I need to stay alive because I still exist. In my head, there are far too many unanswered questions. Chidera was my first son,” she said.

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