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12-year-old School Pupil Dies After Flogging By Teacher

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12-years-old School Pupil Dies After Flogging By Teacher

A Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Simple Faith Schools, Agbara, Lagos State, Emmanuel Amidu, has died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere.

The victim’s father, Akinola Amidu, claimed that the 12-year-old was flogged by a teacher when he went to school on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

He said his son started vomiting shortly after the beating and was rushed to a hospital, where he gave up the ghost.

The distraught father alleged that the school management was covering up his son’s death and protecting the mathematics teacher, one Steven, who allegedly flogged Emmanuel for not completing his assignment.

He said, “I was at home that Thursday because I was on leave. I recall that Emmanuel asked me for money to buy a new exercise book and I gave him N500 to buy the book and give the remaining change to his sister.

“Later that day, I was called by the management of the school that Emmanuel was vomiting. Meanwhile, this was a boy who left home without any health issue. I had to go to the school and we moved him to a hospital.

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“I later learnt that the whole thing started after their class teacher, Mr Steven, beat the whole of his class for not completing their mathematics assignment.

“Emmanuel was actually using my phone torchlight to do his assignment a day before, but I had to collect the phone from him and his sister because I needed to be in contact with the office. We had issues with our electricity at home.

“It was at LUTH that I lost my son. Meanwhile, the management of the school quickly ran to the Morogbo Police Station at Agbara to report that my son died from vomiting.

“How can somebody just die from vomiting if nothing triggers it? The management of the school is trying to protect the teacher.”

Akinola, 45, demanded the arrest and prosecution of the teacher, as he urged the state government and the police to give the family justice.

Emmanuel’s 13-year-old sister, Rachael, told PUNCH Metro that her brother vomited after he was beaten.

She said, “I was called by our English teacher that my brother was not feeling fine and he did not eat and had been sleeping.

“His friend told me that they were beaten for not doing their sums in mathematics and after that he was just sleeping and vomiting.”

The school Principal, Adetayo Akanji, described the incident as unfortunate.

He said, “I was there when Emannuel died on Friday and it was unfortunate that it happened this way. Yes, Steven flogged the whole class for not doing their sums, but not with the intention to hurt them.

“Some hours after that, he (Emmanuel) placed his head on his desk and he started vomiting, after which water was poured on his head.

“When he started to vomit, the proprietor called me and we took the boy to the hospital. In fact, the father joined us when he was taken to LUTH where he and I were running around to get prescribed drugs for him. But before we came back, he had given up. Our school reported the matter at the Morogbo Police Station.”

The school proprietor was contacted on his telephone number, but his wife, Fola Ashaka, who picked up the call, said PUNCH Metro’s enquires on the matter had been forwarded to the appropriate quarters, she then cut off the call.

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She said, “Your message sent earlier to me has been received and it has been sent to the appropriate quarters.”

Efforts to speak to the teacher involved in the incident were abortive, as neither the principal nor the proprietor’s wife was willing to provide his contact.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the incident was not reported.

“I have called the DPO of Morogbo Police Station and he confirmed that no such case was reported there,” he added.

In 2020, a secondary school teacher in Isawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, identified only as Emmanuel, was reported to have beaten a pupil to death over the student’s inability to answer a question in class.

The state police command had said that the matter was also not reported.

A lawyer, Toyin Taiwo, said the Lagos State Government had prohibited flogging of children in schools.

“Children have rights and they must be respected. This is one of the reasons for training programmes organised for teachers, parents and guardians on how to handle children,” she added.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, all forms of abuse of children are criminal.

She said, “This is evident in the enactment of the Child Rights Law which came into force in 2007 but amended in 2015. Since then, the state has gone on to formulate policies that pertain to safeguarding and protecting children, especially in child centres, institutions and schools. To this end, all forms of child abuse, including physical or sexual, are criminal in nature and the full wrath of the law would be unleashed on anybody found culpable.”

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Suspects Released By Police Threaten To Attack Ilorin Community Resident

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Residents of Alapa area of Ilorin in Kwara state have been gripped with fear over a threat by some suspected hoodlums to cause mayhem in the area.

New Times learnt that the suspects were earlier involved in some violent acts in the community where they inflicted bodily injuries on one Mr Ganiyu Oloduku and another, Mr Abubakre Alabi Idiagbon on the 15th of May, 2022.

The hoodlums were also said to have made a threat to the life of one Mallam Abdulrahim Obamaku, a resident whose lawyer filed a complaint to the police covering the area who made arrest but granted the suspects bail after interrogation.

However, upon their release yesterday from police custody, the hoodlums in company of their sponsors returned to Alapa to celebrate their freedom and made the threat to cause more havoc in the community.

The elders of the community who were not comfortable with the development were said to have reported the matter to the appropriate authorities for further actions.

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The peace in the Alapa area of Ilorin is being threatened at a time when the security architecture in the country is already overwhelmed and any act of violence will only worsen the crisis in the country.

 

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How Man Sold Wife, Son For N2 Million

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A 36-year-old man has confessed to selling his wife and son for N2 million.

It was learnt that Kingsley Essien sold his wife for N1.4 Million while he received 600,000 for the sale of his son.

The police in Ogun State said the husband had trafficked his wife to Mali for prostitution at the rate of ₦1.4million.

Confirming the incident on Thursday, the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that Essien’s arrest followed a report lodged at the Agbara division by the wife, Bright Essien.

The woman was said to have reported to the police that her husband had sometime in October 2021, lied that he had secured a job for her in Bamako, Mali, and that he had in the past assisted many to secure a job in Mali.

Not suspecting any foul play, Bright said she agreed to go to Mali, but she got to the African country and discovered that she had been sold to a human trafficking cartel headed by a woman at the rate of N1,400,000.

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“While in Mali, she was forced into prostitution, but she later found her way to the Nigerian embassy in Bamako where she was assisted back to Nigeria,” Oyeyemi said.

He added that as the wife returned to Nigeria, she could not find her son and this prompted her to report at the police station.

“Upon the report, the DPO of Agbara division, SP Abiodun Salau, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect, and he was eventually arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime, he confessed further that he sold the two-year-old son to somebody at the rate of six hundred thousand Naira,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the man be moved to the Anti-human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the state CIID for investigation, directing police officers to trace and arrest the buyer of the stolen so as to recovered.

 

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How Five-year-old Pupil Drowned During Swimming Training

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Chidera Eze, a five-year-old pupil of the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, Lagos State, has drowned during a swimming training held by the school.

It was learnt that some teachers and caregivers of the school took Chidera and his colleagues for the swimming lesson at the Ivory Health Club, Ogundana Street, Ikeja.

During the training, Chidera and his colleagues were said to be playing at the tip of the pool when he slipped into it.

His father, Anthony, said the teachers, caregivers and lifeguards were not aware that his son had fallen into the pool until he drowned.

He said, “I dropped my children at the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School on Acme Road, Ogba, on Monday morning, and I went to work. At 10:52 a.m., I got a call from their head teacher, Mrs Adeola Oladipo, and she told me that my son was involved in an accident and that he had been rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre.

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“I rushed down there, but what I saw was the lifeless body of my son. I asked the head teacher what happened and she said she did not know. I asked the doctor what happened and he said he was brought in dead. I asked the teachers, caregivers and workers at the club what happened and they gave no explanation.

“As I was crying, my wife came in; I was trying to manage the information, but the head teacher also informed her and as she ran into the hospital, I became totally confused. I went to the Area F Police Station and after the policemen took pictures of my son’s corpse, we went to the club.

“When we got there, we discovered that it was the adult swimming pool section that they took the pupils to. I was alarmed and while the policemen were investigating, we realised that a CCTV was installed at the club. So, we demanded to check the CCTV footage and it revealed everything.”

Anthony claimed that the footage revealed that his son was in the pool for over 30 minutes before he died, adding that his son’s corpse was discovered by another person, who came to swim in the pool.

He said, “In the footage, we saw that the school brought more than 15 children, took them to the adult side of the swimming pool and made them sit at the tip with their legs in the water and without wearing any kits. We saw only one caregiver in the video and she was just going in and coming out, leaving the children unmanned.

“My son was at the tail end of the line when he slipped into the pool the first time but he was able to bring himself out of the pool. But the second time he slipped into the water, he could not come out. All these happened and none of the teachers, caregivers, and lifeguards took notice of what was happening.

“My son was under the water for over 30 minutes and we were all shouting as we watched the video. Another pupil also fell into the water, but her colleagues raised the alarm and they pulled her out and while this was going on, nobody noticed my son was inside the water.

“My son died because of the recklessness of these people who were supposed to take care of him. I want justice to forestall this kind of thing happening again. The caregivers, lifeguards, school management and the Ivory Health Club can’t go unpunished. My son’s corpse has been deposited in the morgue.”

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Calls made to Oladipo for a reaction were unanswered. She had yet to respond to a text message sent to her mobile number as of the time this report was filed.

The spokesperson for the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Olaitan Olubiyi, did not take his calls and had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile number as of press time.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said some members of staff of the school and the club had been arrested.

“A thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the drowning of the boy is ongoing,” he added.

 

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