Kwara State Government heeds the call of the public begins probe into the brutalisation of some Arabic school students in the Ganmo Area of the state, outskirt of Ilorin. In a viral video posted online, the students were brutally flogged by their instructors over the violation of school conduct for drinking alcohol while out attending a party.
The Kwara State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development in the State, Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu said in a statement on Sunday, the state government was investigating the event, while also condemning the actions of the Madrasa instructors. While also taking the decision to suspend the headteacher of the school.
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The Commissioner was joined on the visit to the Madrasa by the Divisional Police Officer Ganmo, SP Oko Nkama; and a representative of the NSCDC DSC Parati Abdul Hameed
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The statement released by was titled, ‘Video: Kwara Govt suspends Madrasah’s head, probes development…affected students get medical treatment.’
It partly read, “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.
“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 appealed to the people of the area to be calm “while the committee does it works and submits a report for further action”.
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