School head in trouble for ordering severe flogging of students who attended party,
The Kwara State Government on Sunday said it had directed that an investigative committee be set up to probe the management of Misbaudeen al islamiy Arabic School, Ganmo, in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Some students of the school were seen in a video footage being punished for alleged conducts conceived to be contrary to the rules of the school.
The government also asked the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, to step aside pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Some male and female students of the school were seen in the trending video being beaten for going to a “Club House” to celebrate the birthday of one of their mates, as well as engaging in the drinking of alcohol, contrary to Islamic injunction.
But the state government in a statement by the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, said a delegation had visited the school, while the affected students had also been taken to a public hospital for treatment.
The statement reads partly, “The team comprised the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam) Alhaji Danmaigoro; Dr Saudat AbduBaqi of the University of Ilorin; Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe of Kwara State University; and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.
“The team was joined by the Divisional Police Officer Ganmo, SP Oko Nkama; and a representative of the NSCDC DSC Parati AbdulHameed.
“The government’s team 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.
“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.”