Outrage Over Students Flogged In Arabic School As Kwara Govt Opens Probe


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.

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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.

A collage of screengrabs from a viral of video of students being inhumanely flogged at an Arabic school in Kwara State.
A collage of screengrabs from a viral of video of students being inhumanely flogged at an Arabic school in Kwara State.


“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.”

‘Good morning’ Facebook Post Leads To Arrest of Palestinian

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Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted “good morning” in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as “attack them,” police and a media report said Sunday.

Police only confirmed that a Palestinian had been mistakenly arrested then released following suspicions of incitement, but a report in Haaretz newspaper provided further details.

According to the report, which police would neither confirm nor deny, the Palestinian man posted a picture of himself leaning against a bulldozer at the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit, where he works, in the occupied West Bank.

Along with the picture, an Arabic phrase meaning “good morning” was also posted. Facebook’s translation software interpreted the post to mean “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English, Haaretz reported.

It was unclear how such a translation error could have been made as there are no apparent similarities between the Arabic expression used for “good morning” and the phrases in Hebrew or English.

Police were notified and the man was arrested last week, the report said. He was released after a few hours when police realised the mistake, it said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP “a few days ago, a Palestinian was detained for questioning on suspicion of incitement through his Facebook page.”

She said he was “immediately released” after the suspicions turned out to be false.

Haaretz reported that the Facebook post has since been deleted.


Mali Hotel Attack: All Hostages Freed

MAli-attackMali’s Interior Minister, Salif Traore, has said that all hostages held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, have been freed.

Malian special forces entered the hotel after Islamist gunmen stormed the building shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.

The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda affiliated militants have previously carried out attacks in the Sahel based country.

The Radisson Blu Hotel attack is coming a week after Islamic State (IS) militants killed 129 people in Paris.

Mali Attack: Special Forces Storm Hotel, 30 Hostages Freed

mali attackSpecial forces have entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, to end the siege by gunmen who had been holding 170 people hostage.

The gunmen stormed the US-owned hotel, which is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews, shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.

Mali’s Interior Minister, Salif Traore, said 30 hostages had been freed so far.

Three people had been shot dead and two soldiers were wounded, but their lives were not in danger, he said.

Among the rescued people are: 12 crew members of Air France and five from Turkish Airlines.

Report says Chinese citizens and indians were among those trapped inside the building.

The United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force said it was supporting the operation, as Malian special forces freed hostages “floor by floor”.

The Radisson Blu Hotel attack is coming a week after Islamic State (IS) militants killed 129 people in Paris.

France Donates Books To N/Army Language Institute

French_DonationThe Nigerian Army has received a boost in its fight against insurgency, as the French government donated books to the Nigerian Army Language Institute (NALI), in Ovim, Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State.

The Commandant of NALI, Col. Joseph Ajanaku received the books from the France Defense Attaché in Nigeria, Col. Marc Humbert.

Col. Humbert said the mastery of French will enable the Nigerian Army personnel adapt in their various military assignments with their French-speaking couterparts, especially in neighbouring countries where the fight against Boko Haram has been extended to.

Ajanaku commended the French government, adding that it is the first country to assist the college in achieving the objectives for which it was set up.

He also noted that the first set of students just commenced activities on August 1, 2015, starting the French Basic Course 1, maintaining that the donated books will help them to be proficient in French language.

He further noted that NALI was established to teach seven languages including Arabic, French, Swahili, Portuguese, German and Chinese while other will be added in due course in line with Nigeria’s bi-lateral agreements with other nations.

FG Seeks Secret Trial Of Suspected Terrorists

Fasholaa Nazeef Yunus The Federal Government has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek an order to conduct a secret trial of Dr. Nazeef Yunus and two others who are suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Kogi State.

The suspects, Dr Yunus, an assistant lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Kogi State University, Lokoja, Umar Musa and Salami Abdullahi were arraigned before the court for alleged involvement in terrorist activities.

The trial of Dr Nazeef Yunus and the two others had been fixed to begin on May 6, but the prosecutor told the court that the application became necessary in order to protect the identity of witnesses to be called in the case.

The application was, however, opposed by lawyer to the first accused person, Dr Nazeef Yunus. The lawyer, Hassan Liman, argued that a secret trial would jeopardize the rights of the accused person.

Lawyer to the other accused persons, James Ocholi, also opposed the application, saying it attempts to indict and label the accused persons as members of Boko Haram when they were yet to be convicted by a competent court.

The prosecutor, who declined to speak on camera, however insisted that a secret trial would not jeopardize the rights of the accused persons, as journalists would be allowed to cover the proceedings.

With the defendants teeming up to oppose the application, Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned the case to May 18 for ruling.