Crime Watch

Female teacher allegedly beats 8-year-old pupil to coma in Anambra

A teacher at Landmark School, Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, has been arrested for allegedly beating an eight-year-old pupil to coma.

The suspect, Faith Nwonye, was said to have beaten the victim so terribly that the medical doctor said the child has a 20 percent chance of survival.

Commissioner for Education in Anambra, Ngozi Chuma-Udeh disclosed on Monday that the school which was also operating illegally had been permanently shut down by the state government.

She also said that she had summoned the school’s proprietor and Nwonye to explain the incident that led to the brutalisation of the primary two pupil.

Chuma-Udeh said; “We received this unfortunate incident from an illegal school in Mgbakwu that a child was beaten to a coma over the weekend.

“On behalf of the State Government, we invited the proprietress of the illegal school as well as the teacher who purportedly beat the child.

“We’ve handed the matter to the police for further investigations, as we await Mr Governor’s directives. Meanwhile, the school is closed down indefinitely because it’s not supposed to exist in the first instance.”

The state commissioner expressed sadness over the development while further noting that the 30-year-old teacher would be brought to book.

“Whether the school is legal or not, it’s criminal to beat a child. According to the doctor, the chances of survival of the child is 20%.

“As soon as the Police are done, the teacher will face other institutions against child rights. She’s going to have the full wrath of the law brought upon her over her actions.

“Anambra State abhors violence to children, women, and any other person. It’s not part of this administration and Mr Governor is against such,” she said.