Secondary school student drags Ekiti state government to court for being caned in school

A student of Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Ado- Ekiti, Gift Agenoisa has dragged the Ekiti State Government   before a  High Court in the state, seeking N15 million damages for been caned and  breach of her fundamental rights.

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Penpushing reports that, the Junior Secondary School 1 student, in a suit number HAD/01/CR/2021 and sworn to, at the Ado-Ekiti High Court, claimed that her suspension from school by the government infringed on her rights.

The plaintiff through her lawyer, Timmy Omotoso described as cruel and inhuman the alleged treatment meted to her for coming to school with an alleged indecent hairstyle, and joined the School Principal, Oluwasanmi F.M  as first respondent), the Commissioner for Education, Olabimpe Aderiye(2nd), the Ekiti State Teaching Service Commission(3rd), as well as  the Ekiti State Government (4th respondent).

Penpushing further reports that, the complainant in the affidavit attached to the originating summons,  claimed that she was singled out of Assembly on May 22, and given 20 lashes, on the order of the school principal for the alleged indecent hairstyle.

The originating summons deposed to by her counsel and brought pursuant to Order 2 rules 1,3,4,5 and 6 of the fundamental rights enforcement procedure rules 2009 as preserved by Section 315 of the 1999 constitution, demanded N15 million damages for her suspension.

Penpushing also reports that, the female student in the same vein demanded her immediate reinstatement to school with unfettered access to all services being rendered therein, claiming that the beating she got that day, resulted in bruises, life-threatening scars and bloodstains on her uniform

The plaintiff  added that she fainted and was rushed to the police clinic in Ado- Ekiti, where she was resuscitated, further claiming that her letters of protest to the wife of Ekiti Governor and some relevant government agencies were not responded to, hence, her resorting to legal action to seek redress.

Penpushing reports that, the junior secondary student emphasised  that she was being denied access to the school premises and her class, on the orders of the principal since then.

Meanwhile, the father of the student, it is recalled alongside a police sergeant, identified as Elijah, allegedly mobilised four armed policemen to the school to manhandle some teachers for scolding his daughter who was said to have come to school with an indecent hairdo against the school rules and regulation.

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