Student battery: Abdulrazaq sets up 10-man probe panel

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Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has set a probe panel to look into the circumstances surrounding the recent flogging of some pupils of an Arabic School in Ganmo, Ifelodun local area.

The panel comprises prominent Muslim scholars, community leaders and officials.

Governor Abdulrazaq’s spokesperson Rafiu Ajakaye said that “the committee is to be chaired by retired Justice Idris Haroon. Other members are Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam) Alhaji Ibrahim Dan Maigoro; Prof. Hamzat Abdulraheem; Prof Badmus Yusuf; Prof. Ali Agan; Dr. Mohammed Ghali Alaya; Dr. Saudat AbdulBaqi; Hajia Balikis Oladimeji of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN); Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe; and Dr AbdulHameed Sanni (Secretary).”

The terms of reference of the committee include to meet the affected students, their parents, and the school authorities on the circumstances around the corporal punishments meted to them following the students’ organisation and participation in a birthday party, alleged consumption of liquor and publication of the video footage of same on the social media; review the reward and disciplinary methods in such schools; and make recommendations to the on how to prevent a recurrence of such in the state.

The committee has one week to submit its report beginning from their first sitting.