The Proprietor and the Principal of Metorite Standard School, Ayetoro in Ogun State have reportedly been arrested for allegedly tying two pupils of the school to crosses and flogging them with a horsewhip.
According to reports, the school proprietor, Afolayan Joseph and the yet to be identified principal were said to have tied the pupils for allegedly coming late to school on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
A policeman identified as Livinus, who saw the teachers meting out the weird punishment to the pupils for lateness reportedly cautioned them, but instead, the school owner and the teacher attacked him
However, after failing to save the pupils from the two men, the police officer with the help of the resident of the community succeeded in arresting the proprietor and the principal and took them to Itele police station.
Narrating his encounter with the principal and the school proprietor, the policeman said the pupils were tied to wooden crosses in the open and when he tried to untie them, the proprietor and the school principal attacked him.
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, 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.”
However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, has confirmed the arrest of the two men and a teacher in the school adding that they will be taken to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.