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Following the violence that occurred in the early hours of Monday, the Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely.

The state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi made this announcement in a press statement on Monday.

It quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

Reports have it that academic activities were affected in some schools in the state on Monday as protests against police brutality and bad governance continue.

The statement read in part, “The Lagos State Government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.

“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”

Adefisayo added that “the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period”.

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 “utilise other means of distance teaching and learning i.e radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post the recent COVID-19 lockdown”.

Many students and teachers encountered difficulty in getting to schools in the state on Monday.

Our reporter gathered some of the pupils and teachers trekked long distances to get to schools.

This is as #EndSARS protesters mounted roadblocks in strategic locations in the state in a bid to express their displeasure.

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