Head of Madrasah Arabic School, Ganmo, Ilorin metropolis of Kwara State capital, has been suspended for directing the harsh punishment of students of the school over alleged conduct conceived to be contrary to rules of the school.
According to reports the video footage of the incident, which went viral, showed the students being punished for the alleged misconduct.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, in Ilorin on Sunday, said the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, has been asked to step aside pending the conclusion of an investigation into the matter by the government.
“Regardless of the explanations of the authorities on the development, the self-confessed consent of the parents of the affected students, the government seriously frowns at the harsh beating seen in the video footage,” the statement stated.
“Consequently, the government has directed the setting up of an investigative committee comprising Muslim scholars, leaders, and government officials to look into the issue.”
The Commissioner also disclosed that the government had taken the affected students to a public hospital for proper medical examination and treatment, to ensure that none of them suffers any physical or psychological damage.
The government appealed for calm as an investigation is in progress and commended the Ganmo Muslim community for the support given to the investigative team.
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