The Edo State Government has suspended the principal of Edo College, Benin City, Mr. Peter Edomwonyi, over a disturbing video of students abuse.

A statement by the Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, said the State Ministry of Education, on enquiry, discovered that the incident took place at the college premises and involved Senior Secondary School (SSS) students of Akenzua Hall of Residence, who are writing their National Examinations Council (NECO) final examination.

Ogie said the disturbing video exposed the incompetence of the management of the school authority and the delinquent behaviour of the students who carried out the abusive action.

The state government, therefore, instructed Edomwonyi to proceed on suspension with immediate effect.

He is to hand over all property, assets of the school in his possession to the next most senior Vice Principal of the school and to remain on suspension until the investigation of the incident is concluded.

The government also suspended the House Master for Akenzua Hall of Residence, Mr. Oamen Stanley, indefinitely.

The statement added that: ”All the students involved in the abusive behaviour have been handed over to the Ministry of Justice for investigation and prosecution in accordance with the Child Rights Law.

”The Edo State Ministry of Health is reaching out to the victims to ascertain the state of their health and provide the necessary support.

”The Edo State Government is committed to maintaining a school environment that is safe for children and offers apologies to the victims of the abuse, their parents and members of the public.”

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