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8 Jun 2018

NSCDC Official Damages Student's Eye For Noise-making In Lagos

An operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, has reportedly damaged one of the eyes of a promising secondary school student in the commercial city of Lagos.
The victim,  Adedokun (Photo: Deji Lambo)
The eyes of a 16-year-old student identified as Daniel Adedokun, have been damaged by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, James Ogundele, who reportedly flogged the JSS3 student of Ikosi Junior High School with a horsewhip for playing in the classroom.

According to a report by PUNCH Metro, it was gathered that in the course of the punishment, the horsewhip entered into one of the eyes of the pupil.

While speaking to a correspondent, a source said Adedokun and his friend, one James, were accused of noisemaking by the assistant class captain.

The boys were reported to the class teacher, who took the two pupils for punishment on the school premises. They were on the way when the group reportedly ran into Ogundele, who flogged the pupils.

Adedokun said his classmate, James, fled, while he could not. He said, “The NSCDC official did not give us time to say anything, he just started flogging us with a horsewhip.

“While flogging us, the horsewhip hit my right eye. I felt intense pain and cried out, but he ignored me. I later reported the matter to the principal when the pain became unbearable. After the incident, I started to experience pains in the eye; later, I could not see with my right eye.”

Ogundele, who admitted to beating the victim with the horsewhip, said he did not mean to flog him in the eye.

The 45-year-old noted that he had been taking care of the pupil since the incident. He said, “We took him to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for examination, and the school bought drugs worth N6,000.

“I have personally taken the boy to LASUTH three times. I have also seen the boy after that day and he told me that he could see partially.

“I have visited the grandmother and gave them the little money I had. After my visit, I became sick and I did not have money. I told the grandmother that if I received my salary, I would give them money. I am a civil servant.”

It was also gathered that Adedokun’s grandmother, Abayomi Olawunmi, said the school’s principal and Ogundele had pleaded with her not to press charges, promising that the school would treat Adedokun.

Olawunmi, however, said the victim had been abandoned and he could not see with the right eye.

She said, “At the Ketu Police Station, the principal and Ogundele pleaded with me to forgive him and promised to take care of my grandson. I accepted, but  he did not take care of him.

“About a week after the incident, he visited our house and gave the child N1,000. Since then, he has not come.”

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