School Principal arrested for tying students to a cross and flogging them for coming late

The proprietor of Metorite Standard School, Ayetoro, Ogun, Afolayan Joseph, was arrested by the state’s police command, on Wednesday, May 16, for allegedly tying up two pupils of the school to ‘crosses’ and flogging them with a horsewhip.

Afolayan, together with the school’s principal, who is yet to be identified, allegedly tied up the students because they came late to school, Punch reports. learnt that a policeman, identified only as Livinus, was also beaten up after he had cautioned the men against such action.

The policeman, assisted by other residents, eventually succeeded in effecting the arrest of the suspects, who were then taken to the Itele Police Station.

Narrating the incident, the policeman stated: “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 aforementioned DPO reportedly stated that the proprietor did not take kindly to the fact that the policeman had attempted to correct him.

The arrest of the principal, proprietor and another teacher at the school, was confirmed by the state police public relations officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi.

He stated: “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.”

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