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Cover-up at FGC Kwali as teacher brutalised student to death

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A teacher at the Federal Government College, Kwali, Dorcas Gibson, has beaten a student, Yahaya Nuhu, to death for failing to do his homework.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the school authorities are trying to cover up the killing by attributing the cause of the death to cerebral malaria while on admission at Rema Clinic in Kwali.

Already the school management had presented a death certificate to the family, showing the 13-year-old JS 2 student died of malaria.

Tragedy struck the school on Monday, August 9, when Mrs Gibson severely beat Yahaya to death with a bucket handle on his head.

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When the school authorities realized that he died as a result of the beating, they quickly arranged a van to take his body to the school clinic and later Rema Clinic to cover up the murder.

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DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that when the school authorities informed the family that their son died of malaria, the family took the loss in good faith without suspecting foul play.

But two days after Yahaya’s death, fresh facts that revealed the cause of Yahaya’s death emerged when a group of school mates visited the family to sympathise with them.

According to the testimony of the schoolmates of the deceased, Yahaya had told the teacher about his indisposition when she requested that homework be submitted.

Dissatisfied with the late student’s response, the teacher ordered that ordered him to go and remove weed as punishment. After completing the task, the teacher then beat him to death.

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“During Period 8, Mrs Gibson entered and requested for assignment submissions. Yahaya and I failed to submit and as a result she ordered us to take out weed.

“Yahaya had informed the teacher he was ill and didn’t do the assignment. Nevertheless, she ordered us to clear the weeds, after which we returned to class.

“His head was resting on the desk due to the illness but she severely beat him on the head with a metal bucket handle until he passed out,” one of the students narrated.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that when the family approached the school authorities on the issue, a meeting was organised on August 11 and 13, during which the school management admitted that the late student was brutalized.

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Sources at the meeting told this newspaper that the school authorities had pleaded with the parents to forgive “all that has happened as fact finding would only lead to displeasure.”

The school principal, Dahiru Shehu, did not respond to DAILY NIGERIAN inquiry on the issue.

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