La­gos teacher breaks pupil’s arm while flog­ging him over test

The Punch - - SUNDAY SPECIAL - AFEEZ HANAFI

Ateacher at cms Gram­mar School, bariga, La­gos, mr Ikena ek­we­nam, has been ar­rested by the po­lice for in­flict­ing in­juries on his 10-year-old pupil, David Uwakwe.

Ek­we­nam, who teaches Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence at the school, beat up the Ju­nior Sec­ondary School 2 pupil for al­legedly fail­ing to come early for a make-up test.

Sun­day PUNCH learnt that the teacher on Fri­day, Novem­ber 22, went to Uwakwe’s class and told him he could not find his script on the con­tin­u­ous as­sess­ment ear­lier con­ducted, ask­ing him to come for a make-up.

It was gath­ered that the week was slated for re­vi­sions and Uwakwe could not go for the test at Ek­we­nam’s of­fice un­til much later in the day when the teacher was not around.

An­gry that the boy did not show up on time, the teacher re­port­edly went to his class and gave him sev­eral strokes of cane, caus­ing a dis­lo­ca­tion to his arm in the process.

His mother, Ade­joke, told our cor­re­spon­dent that she was shocked to find marks of beat­ing on her son’s body when she went to pick him up af­ter the clos­ing time.

She said, “As I got to the school that af­ter­noon, some of his class­mates ran to me and said their Agric teacher beat David (Uwakwe) and he sus­tained in­juries. I met my child in front of the school clinic which was al­ready closed and took him to the Vice Prin­ci­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The VP di­rected the clinic of­fi­cials to give him anti-tetanus in­jec­tion and an­tibi­otics be­cause there were bruises all over his body and he was bleed­ing. I took him to the prin­ci­pal who pleaded with me. I left the school with my child and called my brother-in-law be­cause my hus­band was not around. I told him what hap­pened.

“Be­fore he met us at where we were, my son’s hand had swollen. I went back to the school with my brother-in-law and the prin­ci­pal was an­gry with us. I told the prin­ci­pal that one of the teach­ers must fol­low us to the hos­pi­tal and one Mr May­owa was as­signed to fol­low us to the Na­tional Orthopaedi­c Hos­pi­tal, Ig­bobi. It was dis­cov­ered at the hos­pi­tal that the boy had a dis­lo­ca­tion in the arm re­gion.

“Peo­ple at the hos­pi­tal won­dered if he had an ac­ci­dent be­cause there were marks of cane on his two hands and but­tocks. They were an­noyed. The doc­tor treated him and put POP (Plas­ter of Paris) in his hand. He was dis­charged the fol­low­ing day.”

Ade­joke said the boy had an ac­ci­dent in De­cem­ber last year and suf­fered a frac­ture to his right thigh, forc­ing him to un­dergo a surgery.

She stated that he stopped us­ing crutches some weeks ago, adding that she was pained that the school did not take the case se­ri­ously.

She said she con­se­quently pe­ti­tioned the Do­mes­tic and Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Re­sponse Team of the La­gos State Min­istry of Jus­tice.

The woman stated, “They did a test in school and he par­tic­i­pated. The teacher mis­placed his script and told him to come for a makeup. The boy said they were in the re­vi­sion week and that teach­ers were com­ing one af­ter the other into their class to teach them. It was in the af­ter­noon that he went to see the teacher and he didn’t meet him in the of­fice. The man then came to his class; took him out and flogged him an­grily. I was told that his class teacher did not in­ter­vene.”

A source at the DSVRT said a team vis­ited the school af­ter re­ceiv­ing the pe­ti­tion and in­ter­acted with the par­ties in­volved, in­clud­ing pupils who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent.

The source said, “In line with the La­gos State

Gov­ern­ment pol­icy of zero tol­er­ance to child abuse in schools and to pro­tect chil­dren, our of­fice em­barked on a joint visit with the of­fice of the Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity As­sur­ance, La­gos State Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Alausa to CMS Gram­mar School, Bariga on Novem­ber 27, 2019 where the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

“We en­gaged the prin­ci­pal, the sur­vivor, the per­pe­tra­tor, the class teacher and few other pupils who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent. The af­fected child stated that he was phys­i­cally abused by his Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence teacher, Mr Ikenna Ek­we­nam. He al­leged that his teacher beat him be­cause of his in­com­plete Agric Sci­ence note and his miss­ing test script.

“He fur­ther ex­plained that be­fore the teacher started beat­ing him, his class­mates told the teacher that he just had a surgery which he was still re­cov­er­ing from, but the teacher went ahead beat­ing him till he sus­tained sev­eral in­juries in­clud­ing a frac­tured bone.”

Our cor­re­spon­dent learnt that the case was re­ferred to the Gender Unit of the La­gos State Po­lice Com­mand in Ikeja and Ek­we­nam was ar­rested.

The DSVRT Co­or­di­na­tor, Lola Vivour-adeniyi, con­firmed the in­ci­dent to our cor­re­spon­dent, adding that the agency would con­tinue to en­sure that rights of chil­dren were pro­tected.

“We use this medium to re­it­er­ate the state gov­ern­ment’s zero tol­er­ance to all forms of vi­o­lence against chil­dren and we will en­sure that the rights of chil­dren are ad­e­quately safe­guarded and pro­tected,” she said.

The spokesper­son for the po­lice in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing on the case.

re­act­ing to the in­ci­dent, the school prin­ci­pal, Rev. Olubu­sola Soke­fun, in a let­ter sent to our cor­re­spon­dent said he queried Ek­we­nam upon re­ceiv­ing the re­port of the as­sault and a panel was set up to look into the mat­ter.

He ex­plained that the man­age­ment col­lec­tively ap­pealed to Ade­joke, adding that the teacher had been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely.

The let­ter read in part, “There­after, I called Mrs Ade­joke Uwakwe to apol­o­gise and that the cost of hos­pi­tal bill would be borne by the teacher. Im­me­di­ately af­ter the as­sem­bly on mon­day, Novem­ber 25, 2019, the two vice prin­ci­pals and I re­ceived Mrs Ade­joke Uwakwe in com­pany with Mr Peter Uwakwe (the pupil’s un­cle) and a lady and they asked me to pro­duce the teacher.

“I said it would be un­pro­fes­sional to pro­duce a mem­ber of my staff in a sit­u­a­tion like this and I ap­pealed to them. My ap­peal fell on deaf ears and they in­sisted that I should pro­duce the teacher else they would scat­ter the whole school.

“They threat­ened that when they came back, I would be forced to pro­duce the teacher. Then I called the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of La­gos Angli­can Schools Man­age­ment Board, Ven. Vic­tor Olusa, to brief him about the sit­u­a­tion.”

Soke­fun stated that he also in­formed the Chair­man, Board of Gov­er­nors of the school, Jus­tice Faji, and Old Gram­mar­i­ans So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent, Mr Olu Vincent, about the in­ci­dent.

The prin­ci­pal said he, the two VPS, Vincent, the se­nior board­ing house mas­ter and two other teach­ers went to Ade­joke’s res­i­dence on Ak­erele Street, Oworon­shoki and met with her el­der sis­ter, Mrs Abosede Ed­ward, “who was very hos­tile to the school del­e­gates, rained in­sults and curses upon the school and the teach­ers,” adding they were pre­vented from en­ter­ing her apart­ment.

“In our bid for peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, the school sent emis­saries to the hus­band’s vil­lage in the East. The Head of the school’s Qual­ity As­sur­ance, Dr So­fo­la­han, was brought in to as­sist in ap­peal­ing to Mrs Uwakwe on the mat­ter. She con­se­quently sent a lawyer’s num­ber (Mr Femi Odu­fowokan) on the need to quell the es­ca­lated in­ci­dent.

“In fur­ther­ance of our ef­forts to have an am­i­ca­ble set­tle­ment, a name that ap­pears fa­mil­iar was worked on and was dis­cov­ered to be Mrs Uwakwe’s fam­ily house and nec­es­sary con­tacts were made on the need to talk her out of the case at hand.”

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