The Edo State Government has suspended the principal of Edo College, a public secondary school in Benin City, Mr. Peter Edomwonyi, over a viral video which shows its senior students abusing their juniors.
The video shows senior students severely whipping one junior student with belts after they had dealt him blows and kicks.
The video also shows another junior student naked with the seniors abusing him.
In a reaction, the Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq, in a statement on Tuesday said the video was disturbing.
He stated that the “disturbing video exposed the incompetence of the management of the school authority and the delinquent behaviour of the students who carried out the abusive action.”
He said, “The Principal of Edo College, Mr. Peter Edomwonyi, has been instructed to proceed on suspension effective immediately. He is to hand over all property and assets of the school in his possession to the next most senior Vice-Principal of the school. He is to remain on suspension until the investigation of the incident is concluded and government provides further directive on the matter.
“The House Master for Akenzua Hall of Residence, Mr. Oamen Stanley, has also been suspended indefinitely, with immediate effect.
“All the students involved in the abusive behaviour have been handed over to the Ministry of Justice for investigation and prosecution in accordance with the Child Rights Law.
“The Edo State Ministry of Health is reaching out to the victims to ascertain the state of their health and provide the necessary support.
“The Edo State Government is committed to maintaining a school environment that is safe for children and offers apologies to the victims of the abuse, their parents and members of the public.”