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Bullying: Abuja school shut down amid bullying scandal, victim contemplates legal action

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Lead British International School Abuja finds itself at the centre of a storm after viral videos depicting bullying incidents surfaced, prompting swift action from authorities. Following the disturbing footage, the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, ordered the school’s closure for three days, signalling a clear stance against such reprehensible behaviour.

The incident, which captured the attention of the nation, featured a female student being repeatedly slapped by a classmate, sparking outrage and demands for justice from the public. As the school reeled from the fallout, a subsequent video emerged, showing a separate case of bullying involving male students.

In the wake of the controversy, Namtira Bwala, the assaulted student, has taken a decisive step by demanding a thorough investigation and severe sanctions against the perpetrators. Through legal channels, Bwala has given the school an ultimatum, signalling her readiness to seek legal recourse if her demands are not met within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Police Command has deployed officers to the school premises to conduct investigations and prevent any potential escalation of the situation. The school’s management has also initiated its inquiry, expressing a commitment to uncovering the truth and taking appropriate disciplinary measures.

Amid the turmoil, one of the alleged perpetrators, Maryam Hassan, has issued a public apology, expressing remorse for her actions and acknowledging the gravity of the situation. The school, under the leadership of Head Abraham Ogunkanmbi, has pledged to conduct a thorough investigation, provide counselling to affected parties, and implement necessary disciplinary measures.

As the nation awaits further developments, the Lead British International School Abuja faces a critical juncture in its quest to address the scourge of bullying and ensure the safety and well-being of its students.

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