A video has surfaced online showing some madrasa students being brutally flogged by their colleagues on the instruction of the institution’s authority.
Madrasa is an institution common in the Northern parts of Nigeria. It is an establishment for the teaching of Islam and other studies.
NewsWireNGR gathered that the students being flogged in the viral video attended a birthday party were they were suspected by the authority to have consumed alcoholic drinks.
Reacting to the viral video, the Kwara state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, in a statement on Sunday 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.
“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 appealed to the people of the area to be calm “while the committee does it works and submits a report for further action”.