The proprietor and principal of Metorite Standard School, Ayetoro, was on Wednesday arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly tying up two pupils of the school to ‘crosses’ and flogging them with a horsewhip merely because they came late to school.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathered that the school proprietor, Afolayan Joseph, and the yet-to-be-identified principal carried out the barbaric act.
But they ran out of luck when a policeman, identified only as Livinus, caught a glimpse of the wicked act while he was on his way to work.
The policeman, who is attached to the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, told the Punch that the pupils were tied to the wooden crosses in the open.
He said, “I was going to work this morning (Wednesday) when I saw some cars parked by the roadside. I discovered that it was because of some pupils that were tied to crosses. When I saw it, I parked and went to meet the proprietor of the school. I introduced myself as a policeman and told him to untie the pupils. He refused, saying there was nothing anybody could tell him that would make him to release them.
“When I tried to untie the pupils, the proprietor and his teachers beat me up. Before I returned from picking handcuffs from my car, they had grabbed a friend who was with me, Omaje iremi, and beaten him up with a horsewhip.
“I entered the school – with the help of some neighbours who gathered around – to arrest him, but he refused to follow me. I then called the Divisional Police Officer of the Itele Police Station and he sent some policemen to the school, who took everybody to the station.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrests of the two men, as well as a teacher in the school.
He said, “It is a barbaric incident because I don’t see any offence that a secondary school pupil will commit that will make someone to tie him or her and be flogging them in public.
“They have been arrested and will be taken to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
“The act is no longer a corrective measure; it is a barbaric act and it will not be allowed in this 21st century.”
Abuse of pupils under the guise of discipline is a Nigerian school culture.