Abuse video: Edo suspends principal, housemaster

Godwin Obaseki

The Edo Government has suspended the principal of a public Secondary School, Edo College, in Benin, after a video of abuse of junior school students by their seniors went viral.

A statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Osarodion Ogie on Tuesday in Benin directed the Principal, Mr Peter Edomwonyi to proceed on immediate suspension pending conclusion of investigation into the matter.

Ogie said, “government has watched with disdain the disturbing viral video of abuse by students of Edo College, Benin on social media, ” also announced the indefinite suspension of the House Master for Akenzua Hall of Residence, Master Oamen Stanley.

He said the State Ministry of Education on enquiry discovered that the incident took place at the college premises and involved Senior Secondary School (SSS) students of Akenzua Hall of residence, who were writing their National Examinations Council (NECO) final examination.

“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.

“On account of the above, government has taken the following actions, the Principal of Edo College, Mr Peter Edomwonyi, has been instructed to proceed on suspension effective immediately.

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“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 investigation of the incident is concluded and government provides further directive on the matter.

“The House Master for Akenzua Hall of Residence, Master 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.’’

According to Ogie, 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 apologises to the victims of the abuse, their parents and members of the public.’’

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