AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kwara governor, has constituted a 10-member panel to investigate the infamous flogging of some Arabic school students in the state.
Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesperson to the governor, confirmed the development in a statement seen by TheCable Lifestyle on Tuesday.
On Sunday, a now-viral video had shown some students of Musbaudeen Al Islamy Arabic School, Ganmo in Ifelodun LGA, being subjected to intense beating.
The students were being punished after they attended a party and reportedly took alcohol during the outing.
Amid the outrage that trailed the brutality, the state had suspended the head of the Islamic school and ordered a probe of the incident.
In the statement, Ajakaye said the governor has picked 10 prominent Muslim scholars, community leaders, and government officials to investigate the circumstances around the excessive flogging.
The committee, the spokesperson said, is to be chaired by Idris Haroon, a retired judge.
Other members are Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, the commissioner for education and human capital development; Ibrahim Dan Maigoro, special assistant to the governor on religion (Islam); and Hamzat Abdulraheem.
Also involved are Badmus Yusuf, Abubakar Imam-Aliagan, Mohammed Ghali Alaya, Saudat AbdulBaqi, and Balikis Oladimeji of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN).
Others listed as members of the panel are Lawal Olohungbebe and AbdulHameed Sanni (secretary).
“The terms of reference of the committee include to meet with the affected students, their parents, and the school authorities on the circumstances around the corporal punishments meted to them,” the statement added.
“…review the reward and disciplinary methods in such schools; and make recommendations to the government on how to prevent a recurrence of such in the state.”
It is understood that the committee has one week to submit its report, beginning from their first sitting.
Earlier, Yunus Olarenwaju, father to one of the students who was brutally flogged, supported the school’s action.
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