By Dipo Awojobi – The incident, which attracted condemnation from many quarters, was said to have been perpetrated by the Principal of Eva Adelaja Girls Secondary School in Bariga, Lagos, Mrs C. O. Coker, Vice-Principal, Mrs Balogun and four teachers have been sacked by the government.
The teachers said to be involved in the matter include Mr Bello (Mathematics), Mrs Tejumaye (English language), Mrs Omoge (Physic Education) and Mr Bakare (Economics).
Their removal, sources said, followed the investigation into the flogging of the pupil, Ogechi Anyalewechi, on March 16 by the teachers on the principal’s instruction.
The Lagos State Ministry of Education’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Olabisi Ariyo reportedly said that they were removed because of their complicity in the “assault saga”, adding that they will no longer work in the school from Thursday, March 24.
Ogechi was flogged on her bare buttocks following an altercation with the school’s Head Girl.
The 14-year-old pupil got into trouble after slapping back the Head Girl, who reported her to the school.
Besides being caned, Ogechi was made to cut grass for over four hours.
Ogechi suffered body wounds and was taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
When the incident became public, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Princess Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf directed the Directorate of School Social Services of her ministry to probe it.
A fact-finding team led by a Director, which visited the school, on Tuesday, indicted the principal and the teachers.