Teachers of the Federal Government Girls Secondary School in Benin City, have threatened to down tools over an attack on some of them by some suspected thugs.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the suspected hoodlums invaded the school Monday and manhandled some teachers over the alleged flogging of a student in the school by one of the teachers.
The flogged student is said to be a granddaughter of the Benin Monarch, Oba Erediauwa.
She was allegedly injured on the hand after being flogged by the teacher.
Thugs who stormed the school the thereafter demanded to see the teacher that flogged the girl.
When their demand was not met, they resorted to manhandling the teachers around, including one of the Vice Principals. State Chairman of TUC, Joe Aligbe who confirmed that the thugs were armed and threatened to return if the staff was not produced, said the flogging incident which took place two weeks ago was not reported to the school authorities.
“Our members are now afraid. We are here to appeal to them for calm. The principal is not aware. I know the Benin Monarch will not approve of this action,” he said.
Vice Principal, Special Duties, Mr. Ihiridan Harga said the school management team are new and was not aware of the flogging of a Benin Princess, adding: “The alleged offence was committed before we resume here. We were not aware of the flogging. They were many and led by two chiefs.”
“We didn’t even know the staff they claim that beat up the granddaughter of the Oba of Benin. They started beating up everybody. The principal invited the police and the police said they must get invitation by writing before they come. The police didn’t come.”
The Public Relations Officer to the Benin Palace, Robinson Osayamen said he was not aware of the incident. He however confirmed receiving calls from journalists on the incident.