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Assault: Ogun reads the Riot Act to hoodlums, students

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Ogun State Government on Wednesday, read the Riot Act over what it described as unruly behaviour of students and parents who engaged in beating and injuring teachers for any slight issue.

The government said it would no more tolerate such acts that disrupt the teaching and learning activities of schools.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu gave this warning in Abeokuta.

Arigbabu said this while addressing management and Zonal Education Officers across the State, against the backdrop of the incidences of secondary school students and their parents who were beating teachers for disciplining them.

Arigbabu declared that erring students would be expelled and prosecuted along with their accomplices.

There had been a series of attacks on the teachers by hoodlums, parents and students in many parts of the state.

Reacting to the development, the Commissioner stated that government would continue to frown at such acts of indiscipline.

He revealed that those that were caught previously had been arrested and charged to court accordingly.

The Commissioner said, “The Ministry would collaborate with law enforcement agencies such as the Police, Nigeria Civil Defense Corps, So-Safe Corps and others to ensure that normalcy is restored in schools.

“The Governor is really worried about the unruly trend of hoodlums coming into our schools to beat up our teachers, and he has frowned at such act of indiscipline.

“Therefore any students caught in this act would be made to face the full wrath of the law alongside their accomplices. Ogun state is known for being home of respectable and responsible citizens and we will not allow any action that would tarnish our image.”

Arigbabu however pledged that his Ministry would look into the immediate and remote causes of the unruly behaviour and find ways to tackle it.

He admonished teachers to give a good account of themselves at all times.

The Commissioner also charged parents that have complaints against any teacher to channel their grievances to the principals and the Ministry, promising that such a report would be addressed accordingly.

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