A secondary school teacher, Sunday Adeshina, has been thrown into Kirikiri prison in Lagos State after he reportedly flogged a female student until she started bleeding.
Adeshina was said to have flogged a 14-year-old SS3 student identified as Onyinye Nwakaeme, on the head when she could not give a correct answer to questions he asked her during a class.
Onyinye, a student of Great Esteem Private Secondary School in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state told newsmen,
“We were taking Economics class that day and I was busy copying note. I had just returned from my father’s burial. Being behind schedule, I used every available time to copy my notes because I had a lot to write.
“The teacher saw me and called me out with some people, claiming that we were making noise and asked us to explain what he had been teaching. I didn’t get the question right because I was really not paying attention to him. Out of anger, he started flogging me.
“He flogged me to the point that I was bleeding on my head and he didn’t stop. Even when the proprietor asked him to stop, he was fierce and wanted to flog me more.”
The student was said to have returned to the school the next day with her siblings who wanted to find out the true state of things in the school but did not find Adeshina. The girl’s family reported the case at Ago police station for necessary actions to be taken since the teacher could not be located all day.
“I got home and reported to my parents about the inhumane treatment he gave me in the school and some of my older siblings went to school with me to address the issue. On getting there, he was absent from the school till the day was over.
“We decided to report at Ago police station to take necessary measures and arrest him because the school was unapologetic. They spoke rudely to my family and asked us to go to any length whatsoever to fight them.”
The school management reportedly suspended the student indefinitely, after the incident, a decision which the family is yet to come to terms with.
The girl’s family have demanded a reinstatement of the girl but the school owner, Pastor Rotimi Olu Joseph, has vehemently opposed it, claiming that Onyinye’s family stormed the school premises with thugs.
According to him,
“We gave the girl suspension because it shows that she is not fit to be in the same environment with us. If they can take laws into their hands, then their ward has no place in the school.
“Except they write to the school that she will be of good conduct, she will not be reinstated.”
Adeshina, while reacting to the allegations refused to accept the blame but rather insisted that it remains his obligation as a teacher to correct erring students by beating or punishing them.
The teacher was charged to court for assault and was granted bail in the sum of N70,000. He was transferred to Kirikiri prisons pending the time he would meet up with his bail conditions.