The Kwara State government has announced the suspension of the Proprietor of ‘Madrasah Misbaudeen al Islamiy Arabic school’, Ganmo in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State over the brutal and unsavoury flogging of some students of the school by their teachers, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
The students were seen in a video footage being punished for alleged conducts conceived to be contrary to the rules of the school, sparking outrage.
As part of measures to calm down the frayed nerves, the government has also directed the setting up of an investigative Committee, comprising Muslim scholars, leaders and Government officials, to look into the unfortunate incident.
The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu stated this disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Modibbo-Kawu confirmed the government’s delegation visit to the Arabic school where the incident occurred a few days ago.
She also said 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 noted that 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, accordingly and commended the Ganmo Muslim Community for the support given to the team.
Continuing, “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”.
The team consist of the Hon. 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.