The Delta State government has shut down Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School, Asaba, where the proprietress and her son allegedly flogged a one-year-old pupil to death.
The 19-month-old baby identified as Obinna died after being given 31 strokes of the cane by the school owner, Mrs Ogbo, and her son, Emeka Nwogbo on Monday, February 7, 2022.
The toddler had fallen into a coma after he was beaten while the beating left several marks on his body.
The boy died five days later at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, the state capital.
The State Commissioner for Primary Education, Chika Ossai, told The Punch on Sunday that the government has shut down the school.
He said, “Yes, this (Sunday) morning, the government swung into action and sealed the school for now. Secondly, it is not an approved school.
“The proprietress and the son are in police custody so the state government is very serious about the incident and would follow it to the end, to make sure that those who are operating illegal schools will be dealt with properly.
“Because it will be easier to monitor registered schools but for those illegal ones, we will continue to close them down.”