Nigerian government shutdown Abuja expensive school as student who bullied schoolmate begs for forgiveness

 The Nigerian government has shutdown Lead British International School, in Gwarimpa, Abuja, following widespread outrage over viral videos showing students being bullied within the school premises.

An X user, @moooyeeee, had on Monday night, posted two videos on the microblogging platform of a female student of the school being repeatedly slapped by other classmates while calling for justice for the victim.

The videos had drawn angry reactions from other users on the platform, some of whom shared other videos of students of the same school being bullied.

The Minister of Women Affairs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye and her education counterpart Tahir Mamman stormed the school on Tuesday afternoon.

Kennedy-Ohanenye said investigations have also been opened into the matter. The school has also been closed for three days during which the investigations are supposed to be concluded. But the period may be extended if the probe is not concluded.

Already, the education minister held a closed-door meeting with the management of the school on Tuesday, according to the ministry’s director of press Folasade Boriowo. Details of the conversation are still being expected.

The spokesperson for the FCT Police Command Josephine Adeh said investigations have been launched into the matter.

Adeh said some officers of the Command have been deployed to the school to maintain law and order as some agitated parents reportedly stormed the school on Tuesday.

“In a proactive response to alarms raised by some members of the public regarding videos circulating on social media depicting the bullying of students at the above-mentioned school, the FCT Police Command is on top of the situation and has deployed seasoned officers to the school premises for investigations and to forestall any possible breakdown of law and order,” she said.

Meanwhile, the student who bullied her fellow student has apologised for her action.

The student, who appeared remorseful in a viral video, begged Nigerians to forgive her while adding that she wished the whole episode had not happened.

Speaking in the video, Hassan said, “I am very sorry for what I did to Namtira. I am also apologising to you all out there. I am sincerely sorry. I wish it never happened

A statement on the school’s Facebook page showed that its management has commenced investigation into the incident.

“We will be working with the perpetrators and their families, offering counselling and disciplinary measures to address their behaviour which has no place in society,” the statement signed by LBIS Head of School, Abuja, Abraham Ogunkanbi, read.

“We have also immediately initiated an investigation, appointing a dedicated team to conduct a thorough inquiry into the matter. The team has been gathering information, including reviewing video footage and interviewing witnesses, to understand the full scope of the incident and identify the immediate and remote causes”.

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