The administrator of the Madrasa Arabic school in Ilorin, Kwara state where some students were seen being beating mercilessly, has been suspended by the government of the state.
A government delegation in the person of Hon. 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, visited the school a day after the assault video surfaced on the internet.
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 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.
Following, the government has directed the setting up of an investigative committee, comprising Muslim scholars, leaders and government officials, to look into the matter 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.