On Thursday, the principal of a school and two others were arrested in Nigeria by policemen for flogging students with horsewhips tied to a makeshift crosses.
From report gathered, the proprietor of the Meteorite Standard School, Afolayan Joseph, and yet-to-be identified principal tied the students, a boy and a girl to a makeshift crosses on the roadside and flogged them with a horsewhip as a medium to punish them for coming late to school.
The proprietor and principal were arrested after a police officer on his way to work saw the situation and confronted them.
The policeman identified simply as Livinus said the accused persons refused to untie the students even after he introduced himself as a policeman, instead they attacked him when he tried to intervene.
He said, “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 and beaten him up with a horsewhip.
Mr. Livinus entered the school followed by people gathered around to arrest the accused, but they refused to follow him.
“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,” He added.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the senior police spokesperson while speaking to newsmen described the act as barbaric saying: “I don’t see any offence that a secondary school pupil will commit that will make someone to tie him or her and be flogging them in public.”
“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, it is not acceptable and it will not be tolerated.”