Lagos: Outrage as principal flogs pupil for wearing hijab

Date: 28-02-2013 10:44 pm (9 years ago) | Author: Direct
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- at 28-02-2013 10:44 PM (9 years ago)
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Outrage has continued to trail the alleged flogging of a 16-year-old pupil of Kadara Junior Grammar School, Ebute Meta, Lagos, by the Principal of the school, Mrs. E.C Ukpaka, because she wore hijab, a head scarf worn by female muslims, on the school premises.



It was alleged that Ukpaka gave Aisha Alabi, a Junior Secondary School 1 pupil, many strokes of the cane for wearing the scarf.

It was learnt that Aisha wore the scarf outside the class in the school premises on February, 5, but she was apprehended by Ukpaka, who had warned against such practice.

It was said the principal immediately called an emergency assembly after apprehending the teenager to address the issue.


A pupil on the assembly, who pleaded anonymity for the fear of reprisal, said Aishat was given no fewer than 43 strokes of the cane.

She said, "At about 4pm on that day; we had closed before we heard that there was an emergency assembly.

"The principal addressed us and warned that if we didn't stop putting on religious outfit during the school hours, we were going to get into trouble. She subsequently called on Aisha and gave her about 43 lashes.

"Some of us started crying on the assembly. Her body was covered with marks of the cane. The principal had warned us before, but that day was more serious."

Aisha told our correspondent that since the school had closed, she thought that the principal's warning would no more apply. She was however, prevented from talking further by her father, Rasak Alabi.

When contacted, the principal declined comment, saying as a civil servant, she was not allowed to talk to the press.

The Vice principal of the school, Mr. S. Ajide, however, said the school had appealed to the parent of the pupil.

He said, "The principal is not a harsh person. The beating just came like that. We have pleaded with the father of the girl and he has accepted."

Rasak, who had earlier said he wanted his daughter to forger the "sad experience", however, insisted that there was no basis for the beating because her daughter did not flout any law.

He said, "When I heard that my daughter was flogged because of hijab, I never believed it until I got to the school. I was amazed that my daughter was abused to that extent. On the Assembly for that matter, that is totally wrong.

"To me, the principal has gone too far. There is freedom of religion anywhere in the world. I see no reason why my daughter should be denied her right to practising her religion. I urge the Lagos State Government to please intervene in this. It should not continue.

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, also described the act as "unprofessional and disgrace".

The Public Relations Officer of the group, Mr. Sulaimon Alamutu, said the principal violated the constitution of the country which guarantees the right to religion

He said, "The use of hijab by Muslims anywhere in the country, especially in public institutions, is a fundamental right issue. And fundamental human rights are rights which when denied man become automatic diminution of his humanity."

It was learnt that the principal, the Islamic Religious Studies teacher, Rasak and other people concerned had been summoned by the Lagos State Educational District IV, under whose jurisdiction the school belonged.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba said the MSS had sent a petition to the government, who in turn set up a probe panel to look into the incident.

He said, "The recommendation of the panel will play a major role in government's eventual decision on the matter. For now, the matter is being investigated."

Posted: at 28-02-2013 10:44 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
- toibeli at 1-03-2013 02:40 AM (9 years ago)
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43 strokes of the cane is excessive for wearing a scarf in school Shocked
Posted: at 1-03-2013 02:40 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- papadip at 1-03-2013 02:49 AM (9 years ago)
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She should be charged criminally….. You flog my child like that you’ll be bruised by me heavily with koboko.
Posted: at 1-03-2013 02:49 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bobnel20 at 1-03-2013 02:57 AM (9 years ago)
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story......
Posted: at 1-03-2013 02:57 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Oyinminijoor at 1-03-2013 03:22 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: Ultimatepals on  1-03-2013 03:00 AM
Akpors went to his pastor, knelt down and
began confesing tearfully: Pastor, I have
sinned.
Pastor : My son, what did you do, just confess
what exactly you did? God Almighty will
forgive you.
Akpors: (sobbing), Pastor I committed
adultery with several of the female church
members.
Pastor : can you mention their names and
how many times you slept with each of
them?
You see, for your forgiveness to be complete,
you need to mention them, so that we can
also pray for them....
Akpors: Aaaah Pastor I can't, I am ashamed.
Pastor; Okay this is what we will do; after
service, we will go to the church entrance
together and watch members come out, once
anyone you have slept with comes out, just
say "pau". If it is once you slept with her. The
Number of times you say 'pau' will indicate
the Number of times you slept with that
particular person.
And so they went to the church
entrance.
Head usher passes wriggling her buttocks.
Akpors: Pau. Pau
Pastor: The Lord forgive you.
Deacon’s wife passes carrying bible.
Akpors: Pau
Pastor :May the Lord forgive you.
A choir member passes singing;
Akpors: Pau pau pau
Pastor: God will forgive you. Yes, he will.
Pastor’s wife passes by and Akpors goes off
like a machine gun: Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau
Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau
Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau
Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau
Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau
Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau Pau
Pau Pau Pau............ .......
Pastor: #fainted#

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- Oyinminijoor at 1-03-2013 03:25 AM (9 years ago)
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What's ur problem?this place look like joke section??
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- morgrawl231 at 1-03-2013 03:27 AM (9 years ago)
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ah!!! that's too much...just for hijab???  if  aboki thief goat for kano sef,,,na 30 strokes dem dey give dem Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 1-03-2013 03:27 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- colenzo at 1-03-2013 04:06 AM (9 years ago)
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that serves her right one day they will put bomb under and blow up the whole school

Posted: at 1-03-2013 04:06 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ezchusa at 1-03-2013 04:33 AM (9 years ago)
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Please a school is meant for studies not worship, muslims should learn how to dress properly to school. Imagine christians putting on cassock and white garments to school combined with muslims and their hijab how the environment will look like. Its no longer funny

Posted: at 1-03-2013 04:33 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Wysetots at 1-03-2013 06:15 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: ezchusa on  1-03-2013 04:33 AM
Please a school is meant for studies not worship, muslims should learn how to dress properly to school. Imagine christians putting on cassock and white garments to school combined with muslims and their hijab how the environment will look like. Its no longer funny

WORD !!!!!!!!
Posted: at 1-03-2013 06:15 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- lanudja at 1-03-2013 07:10 AM (9 years ago)
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Poor gurl...
Posted: at 1-03-2013 07:10 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- vantheo at 1-03-2013 07:42 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: ezchusa on  1-03-2013 04:33 AM
Please a school is meant for studies not worship, muslims should learn how to dress properly to school. Imagine christians putting on cassock and white garments to school combined with muslims and their hijab how the environment will look like. Its no longer funny
hijab can be worn anywhere even in schools. Its just a scarf not an attire like the cassock you are comparing it with

Posted: at 1-03-2013 07:42 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- OLUCHI5 at 1-03-2013 08:19 AM (9 years ago)
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if na me, i for kill the girl, why dem go wear that nonsense in the school?
Posted: at 1-03-2013 08:19 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ezchusa at 1-03-2013 08:42 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: vantheo on  1-03-2013 07:42 AM
hijab can be worn anywhere even in schools. Its just a scarf not an attire like the cassock you are comparing it with
And who said you cant wear cassock anywhere? Besides is hijab part of the school uniform? Hijab is a religious wear not academic wear and shouldnt be tolerated simple.

Posted: at 1-03-2013 08:42 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- vantheo at 1-03-2013 09:01 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: ezchusa on  1-03-2013 08:42 AM
And who said you cant wear cassock anywhere? Besides is hijab part of the school uniform? Hijab is a religious wear not academic wear and shouldnt be tolerated simple.
can you wear a cassock in school? The wrist watches and the dark shades you wear to school is it part of the uniform? Like i said if you didn't see it in my last comment its just a scarf. As far as she is wearin the school uniform its no crime wearing d hijab. I say that cos i've been to schools where muslims wear hijab.

Posted: at 1-03-2013 09:01 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- bestbuky at 1-03-2013 09:25 AM (9 years ago)
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 Shocked
Posted: at 1-03-2013 09:25 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ezchusa at 1-03-2013 10:12 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: vantheo on  1-03-2013 09:01 AM
can you wear a cassock in school? The wrist watches and the dark shades you wear to school is it part of the uniform? Like i said if you didn't see it in my last comment its just a scarf. As far as she is wearin the school uniform its no crime wearing d hijab. I say that cos i've been to schools where muslims wear hijab.
I dont know where you got the impression that i wear shades to school and if you must know christians wear cassock to ceremonies, brurials etc *when neccessary* not muslims that abuse their religious wear by putting it on everywhere and at any given time, now let me ask you, are muslims the only religion in this world that put on scarf? Dont christians wear scarf to churches? Why dont christians tie their own scarf to school? Religion have nothing to do with academics period

Posted: at 1-03-2013 10:12 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- paulohking at 1-03-2013 10:17 AM (9 years ago)
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Hmmmm
Posted: at 1-03-2013 10:17 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- paulohking at 1-03-2013 10:21 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: toibeli on  1-03-2013 02:40 AM
43 strokes of the cane is excessive for wearing a scarf in school Shocked
Naija mentality, is hijab or scarf part of school uniform? If she really wanna be wearing why don't she join those Ansar-udeen schools?
Posted: at 1-03-2013 10:21 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- steve232 at 1-03-2013 10:25 AM (9 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 1-03-2013 10:25 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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