The principal of Musbaudeen Islamiya Arabic school in Ganmo, Ifelodun local government area of Kwara State has been suspended for using violence to punish students at the school.
According to a viral video, five students, including a girl, were severely thrashed with long canes by five clerics for alleged behaviour judged to be contrary to the school’s principles.
According to the storey, the youngsters were supposedly punished for attending a birthday party at a clubhouse and ingesting alcohol. See video here
According to a statement released by the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, on Sunday, October 10, a government delegation visited the Arabic school and transported the injured children to a public hospital for a thorough medical evaluation and treatment.
The committee consisted of Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, Hon. Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development; Alhaji Danmaigoro, Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam); Dr Saudat AbduBaqi of the University of Ilorin; and Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe of Kwara State.
Divisional Police Officer Ganmo SP Oko Nkama and a representative from the NSCDC DSC Parati AbdulHameed joined the team.
“The government’s team carefully listened to the authorities of the Arabic school, the father of the sole girl in the video, and four other students involved in the unsavoury development,” the statement read.
“Regardless of the explanations of the authorities on the development, the self-confessed consent of the parents and regret of the affected students, the government seriously frowns at the harsh beating seen in the footage
“Consequently, the government has directed the setting up of an investigative committee, comprising Muslim scholars, leaders and government officials, to look into the issue while the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, has been asked to step aside pending the conclusion of the investigation
“The government has also taken the affected students to a public hospital for proper medical examination and treatment. This is to ensure that none of them suffers any physical or psychological damage
“The government appeals for calm while the committee does it works and submits a report for further action. The government commends the Ganmo Muslim community for the support given to the team.”