Students Tied To Crucifixes And Flogged For Being Late In Ogun- The Backlash Is Swift And Brutal

Three people have been arrested for allegedly tying late students to crosses and flogging them with horsewhips on a roadside in south-western Ogun State— an alleged punishment for being late.

The three – including the headteacher – were taken into custody after a police officer stumbled across the incident.

Photos appear to show a boy and girl tied to wooden crosses with green string. A police spokesperson described the incident in Ayetoro, 90 miles north-west of Lagos, as “a barbaric act.”

An officer, identified as Livinus, came across the scene and called for back-up after the school’s owner tried to stop his attempts to intervene.

They told the principal and the school proprietor to untie them and they refused. They even beat one of the people who intervened.

“When I tried to untie the pupils, the proprietor and his teachers beat me up,” said the officer, according to Nigerian newspaper Punch. “Before I returned from picking handcuffs from my car, they had grabbed a friend who was with me… and beaten him up with a horsewhip.”

The suspects include the school’s principal, owner, and a teacher, police confirmed to the BBC.

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