An Eleven year-old , JSS 1 pupil identified as Israel Dada is down with severe illness , after he was allegedly tortured by some senior pupils of the school, after just spending nine months at the Command Secondary School, Ibadan, Oyo State.
It was learnt that each time they were punished by the senior pupils, they would be threatened with stiffer punishment if the torture was reported to the school authorities and their parents.
The incident of Israel happened came to a head on Friday, June 23, when Israel’s father was called on the telephone to come and pick his ailing son. Hitherto chubby Israel was said to have grown lean and had to be rushed to a hospital, where he was admitted and given medication.
Israel explained that three days before he fell sick, one Stephen, his hostel mate, who was in SSS I, had complained about a missing wristwatch and summoned all the junior pupils, including him. The victim said Stephen flogged them when he could not find the wristwatch on time.
He said, “He later found the wristwatch. Apart from him, other senior pupils, usually beat us. At times they would punish us because we didn’t greet them.”
The father, Olushola Dada, said apart from the illness, he had observed that his son was depressed. “He removed his clothes and was going to take a bath when his mother saw scars on his back. He was beaten up as if he was a thief,” the father said.
Israel’s mother, Olasunkanmi Dada, said she was furious when she saw the scars, adding that the matter had been formally reported to the school management.
The Vice Principal of the school, Mr. James Olatunde, who confirmed the torture, said Stephen had been punished and sent to a ‘guardroom’ to serve as a deterrent to other senior pupils.
He said, “By Monday (today), he is going home on suspension. He had been given some strokes of the cane on the assembly ground so that others will learn. We are appealing to the parents that such a thing would not happen again.
If you see the way soldiers punish these senior pupils, you will pity them. Despite this, we still have some who behave badly. We are going to stop such behaviour.”
Source: ( Instablog9ja )