Two pupils reportedly died while several others went unconscious in an unnamed school bus conveying them back home from school.
Premium Times reports that the pupils died from suffocation inside the school bus while an unspecified number lost consciousness in Aguda area of Lagos state. The incident occurred on Friday at noon.
WikkiTimes gathered that the pupils had earlier during the ride, persistently complained of discomfort in the bus to the bus driver, one Odunsa Mandala who reportedly ignored their concerns.
Thereafter, several of the pupils lost consciousness which panicked the driver into rushing them to Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba and others to Randle hospital in Surulere.
However, two of the pupils were said to have died.
Confirming the incident on his twitter page, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin said:
“Yes, the driver has been arrested but the young souls are already gone, sadly so. A school bus driver ignored repeated complaints from the kids he was taking home that they were not feeling well. Some of the kids went unconscious, two eventually died.
“Schools need to up their game in recruitment and pay more attention to job fit. Parents too need to do thorough background checks of schools and crèches before entrusting their kids into their care.
“Meanwhile, the relevant regulatory agency has been notified of this act of gross negligence. Security is everyone’s business.”