A delegation from the Kwara State Government has visited the Arabic school whose students were seen in a viral video footage being punished for alleged conducts conceived to be contrary to the rules of the school.
The team comprised the state 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.
The government’s team listened to the authorities of the Arabic school, the father of the girl in the video, and four other students involved in the unsavoury development.
The government frowned at the harsh beating seen in the footage despite the explanation of authorities and the confirmed consent of the parents of the students.
The government further directed the setting up of an investigative committee, comprising Muslim scholars, leaders and government officials, to look into the issue.
It also agreed that the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, should step aside till the investigation is concluded.
The government has also taken the affected students to a public hospital for proper medical examination and treatment to prevent physical or psychological damage of the students.
The government appeals for calm while the committee does its work by submitting a report for further action.
The government commends the Ganmo Muslim community for the support given to the team.
Source: Voice of Nigeria