A team from the Kwara State Government visited an Arabic school where kids were seen in video footage being punished for alleged behaviors deemed to be against the school’s guidelines.
The team was made up of the Hon. Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development; Alhaji Danmaigoro, Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam); Dr Saudat AbduBaqi of the University of Ilorin; Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe of Kwara State University; and Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
Divisional Police Officer Ganmo SP Oko Nkama and a representative from the NSCDC DSC Parati AbdulHameed joined the team.
The government’s squad listened intently to the Arabic school’s administrators, the father of the only girl in the video, and four other pupils engaging in the nefarious activity.
Regardless of the authorities’ explanations for the development, the parents’ self-admitted agreement, and the regret of the afflicted students, the government takes the brutal beating depicted in the tape very seriously.
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.
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