The Kwara State Government on Tuesday named Justice Idris Haroon and nine others as members of a panel to investigate the circumstances around the recent flogging of some Arabic students in Ganmo area of the state.
A video had gone viral showing how students of the college were beaten mercilessly over allegations that they attended a party where they also drank alcohol.
The committee is to be chaired by retired Justice Idris Haroon. Other members are Hon. Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam) Alhaji Ibrahim Dan Maigoro; Prof. Hamzat Abdulraheem; Prof Badmus Yusuf; Prof. Abubakar Imam-Aliagan; Dr. Mohammed Ghali Alaya; Dr. Saudat AbdulBaqi; Hajia Balikis Oladimeji of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN); Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe; and Dr. AbdulHameed Sanni (Secretary).
According to the terms of reference of the committee, members are to meet with the affected students, their parents, and the school authorities on the circumstances around the corporal punishments meted to them following the students’ organisation and participation in a birthday party, alleged consumption of liquor and publication of the video footage of same on the social media; 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.
A statement made available to the NPO Reports by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press to the Governor confirmed the decision by the Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaque.