Following a viral video of girls attending Musbaudeen Al Islamy Arabic School in Ganmo, Ifelodun Local Government in Kwara been subjected to corporal punishments, the State Government has commenced an investigation into the issue to ascertain what transpired before the punishments were handed on to them.
To allow a prompt conclusion of the investigation, the state government has directed the head of the Arabic school to relinquish his post pending the conclusion of the investigation.
The investigation was ordered by the state governor, Abdulrasaq AbdulRahman, even as the Arabic school management justified their actions and claimed that it was in accordance with the tenets of Islam.
Announcing the government decision on Sunday after the issue attracted wide condemnation, Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Sa’adatu Kawu, who led a delegation of the state government to visit the Arabic institution, hinted that the affected students have been taken to a public hospital for proper medical examination and treatment.
Kawu added that the move was to ensure that none of the students suffers any physical or psychological damage after undergoing the punishment from their teachers.
The commissioner, through a statement made available to newsmen, meanwhile appealed to Kwarans for calm while the committee does its works and submits a report for further actions.
The statement reads in part: “A Kwara State Government’s delegation has visited the Arabic school whose students were seen in a video footage being punished for alleged conducts conceived to be contrary to the rules of the school.
“The team comprised the 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; 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 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 regrets 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 appeals for calm while the committee does it works and submits a report for further action”.