Two pupils of Metorite Standard School, Ayetoro in Ogun State, Nigeria were greeted with “barbaric” punishment of being tied to cross and flogged, on Wednesday for arriving late at school.
The pupils, a boy and a girl, had arrived at school late on Wednesday on to be tied to a makeshift crucifix and flogged with a horsewhip.
A policeman who stumbled on the gory incident and tried to intervened was attacked by the proprietor, Afolayan Joseph and the headteacher.
“I was going to work this morning (Wednesday) when I saw some cars parked by the roadside. I discovered that it because of some pupils that were tied to some crosses. When I saw it, I parked and went to meet the proprietor of the school. I introduced myself as a policeman and told him to untie the pupils. He refuse, saying that there was nothing anybody could tell him to make him release the pupils,” the police identified as Livinus said to Punch.
He then called the Divisional Police Officer of the area to report the incident.
The Proprietor and the headteacher had been arrested.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relation Officer, ASAP Abimbola Oyeyemi described the incident as ‘barbaric’.
“It is barbaric because I don’t see any offence a secondary school pupil will commit that would someone tie him or her and be flogging them in public. They have been arrested and will be taken to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department,” he said.