Many Nigerians have reacted with shock over a viral video showing students being inhumanely flogged at an Arabic school in Kwara State.
The students apparently had attended a birthday party where they also took alcohol.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Government has announced a probe into the incident after its delegation visited the school.
The government also directed the suspension of the school head, who admitted to directing the punishment.
All the students involved in the beating have been taken to a public hospital, the government said.
“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,” a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Education, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, said.
“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.”