Ogun teachers in fear as students, parents hire thugs to attack schools
Teachers at Ogun secondary schools are now afraid of being attacked by their pupils and parents, who have taken to hiring thugs to bash them up.
Truancy, tardiness, defiance to school officials and other acts of indiscipline are becoming the ‘new trend’ in Ogun State’s secondary schools.
Unfortunately, teachers who used to rein in these students’ excesses are now wary of the consequences of punishing a student for any disruptive behavior.
According to a report by Daily Post, hiring thugs to brutalise teachers is now becoming an ugly trend in the Gateway State and no step has been taken to curb the menace.
WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that in some cases, the students organise themselves to assault their teachers for punishing them for their acts of indiscipline, thereby leaving them with varying degrees of injuries.
In the month of October alone, four incidents of school violence occurred in various public schools around the state.
On October 12, police claimed they detained Abidemi Oluwaseun, 35, for allegedly visiting Baptist Girls College Idi-Aba in Abeokuta, Ogun State, with thugs in order to harm a teacher whom he suspected of beating his 15-year-old daughter.
Oluwaseun’s daughter and others were flogged by the teacher for disrupting his class, ridiculing him, and distracting other pupils.
Dissatisfied, the father hired two others, Fayesele Olabanji (25 years) and Alebiosu Quawiyu (25 years). They stormed the school in an unlicensed car, brandishing a cutlass and threatening to slice the instructor down.
When they were arrested by the DPO of Kemta division, CSP Opebiyi Sunday, Oluwaseun confirmed hiring the other two men to teach the teacher who beat his daughter a lesson of his life.
Likewise, in Unity High School, Kajola Ibooro, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, three teachers, including a nursing mother were attacked by miscreants, who were reportedly hired by some students to unleash mayhem on them.
The nursing mother, Mrs Oyadoke, who reportedly went through a caesarian session 10 months ago, was attacked when she tried to caution an aunt of a student, who was having an altercation with the Principal.
According to a report by one Olufemi Ayannuga of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) press crew, the aunt, who was infuriated with Mrs Oyadoke’s interference to the brawl between her and the Principal, rushed out to hire thugs, who reportedly dragged the nursing mother on the floor, while inflicting injuries on her body through serious beating.
The case is before the Ado-Odo Magistrates Court.
On Monday, Students of Community High School, Ijoun, in Yewa North Local Government were said to have hired hoodlums to attack and send their teachers away from the school.
It was gathered that the hoodlums stormed the school premises at about 10.45am and freely used weapons such as machetes and axes on Messers Stephen Oyelekan and Kayode Olatunji.
The Ogun State police command said four students had been arrested in connection with the ugly incident.
In the same vein, an elderly Mathematics teacher identified as Mr Owolabi at Comprehensive High School, Itori, was beaten up by an SSS 3 student on Tuesday.
It was reported that the Mathematics teacher was teaching SSS 1 students when the ‘attacker’ rudely burst into his class and started beating a girl.
As Owolabi attempted to stop the boy from maltreating the girl who was in his class at the time, the SSS 3 student “descended heavily on the innocent teacher, beat him mercilessly with heavy blows,” a source disclosed.
The unruly student was reportedly apprehended by the police and operatives of Amotekun corps were deployed to the school as teachers panicked that his gang members in the school may attack them.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that some of the secondary school students are now members of various cult groups.
Aside from cultism, teachers who spoke with newsmen anonymously explained that some boys are into internet fraud, otherwise known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’.
“The moment they start doing Yahoo-Yahoo or when they join cult groups, they become so unruly that nobody can talk to them or scold them. Many of them are already smoking and drinking. That’s why teachers are now being careful to avoid being attacked by their own students,” a teacher told newsmen in Abeokuta.
We are taking action on it, says Ogun govt
The Ogun State Government told our correspondent on Wednesday that steps are being taken to address the matter.
Education Commissioner, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, speaking in a telephone conversation said the government had arrested to behind the various attacks, adding that they were handed over to the police.
“We are taking action on it. We are working on it. Those that were involved in the attacks were arrested and handed over to the police,” he replied briefly on the phone.
Recall that Gov Abiodun once ordered the recruitment of security guards in all the public schools in Ogun State.
“I have approved the employment of security men in all our schools. We do not want to be reactive on the issue of security in our schools. We want to ensure that not only our children are safe, but their teachers also,” Abiodun said this in March while receiving members of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education in Ogun.
However, it appears the security agents, if truly employed, could not stop the invasion of schools by hoodlums terrorising teachers, who are seen hitherto as future builders.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State police command said the repeated attack on teachers was becoming worrisome, stating, however, that “those that were caught have been arraigned in court and we would not relent until that nonsense will stop.”
Police spokesperson in the State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen in an interview that “Anybody that is caught, we will make sure that he/she faces the full wrath of the law.”
Oyeyemi spoke further that, “Those that perpetrated that act in Ibooro have been arrested and arraigned in court. The one that happened in Baptist College, the three of them have been arrested and charged to court. Those that carried out the one in Ijoun, the four of them have also been arrested and they will have their days in court. We won’t beg them not to do it, but when they do it they should be ready for the consequences.
“We’ve always been assuring the teachers of their safety. When such things happen, they should let us know. Because some people are just hellbent on causing confusion and making things difficult. I don’t see any reason why a reasonable human being will go and beat a teacher who is only doing his or her duty. Teachers are the builders of society. Once you demoralize them or you don’t allow them to instil the necessary discipline in those young ones, then society is doomed. So we would not allow it.”
The police image maker blamed parents for the heartbreaking development in schools.
“Lack of discipline among the parents is the cause of this ugly trend in Ogun State. If a parent is disciplined, he won’t follow your son or daughter to school because he was punished for beating a teacher. It’s because the parents are not disciplined. Most of the parents that are disciplined won’t do that. That’s just the simple thing about it.”
He added that some parents also encourage their children to join cultism.
“I made an example some time ago, when a parent, a father, celebrated that his son is now the Number One of Aiye cult in Itori; and he threw a party for that. The parents are making the children believe that cultism is a good thing,” Oyeyemi expressed concern.