A school teacher has been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly flogging a 19-month-old pupil to death, police says.
The teacher at a nursery and primary school in Asaba, Delta state, Nigeria was alleged to have left several marks on the toddler’s body after flogging him last Monday.
The little boy was said to have fallen sick after the beating and was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. It was learnt that his health condition deteriorated until he eventually died on Saturday morning.
One account said the teacher flogged Udeze for pushing another child while another claimed that the victim was punished for playing with a tap in the school.
A third narrative claimed that Udeze was hungry and approached the proprietress with his lunch box, crying. In the process, Nwogbo reportedly interfered and allegedly whipped the boy for being troublesome.
The suspect, who is thought to be the son of the owner of the private school, allegedly started beating the pupil after he caught him playing with water.
He has not been reported to have commented on the incident.
Police spokesman DSP Dafe Bright told journalists that the suspect would be charged for murder and manslaughter.
Recall that incidences such as these have been rampant at nursery, primary and secondary schools across Nigeria.