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Student Sues School for 15m After Being Suspended For Indecent Dressing

A JSS1 student of Mary Immaculate Secondary School , Ado Ekiti, Gift Agenoisa, has sued the Ekiti State Government, seeking N15 million damages for breach of fundamental rights after being suspended from school for alleged indiscipline and her parents’ assault on teachers,

In suit number HAD/01/CR/2021 sworn to at the Ado Ekiti High Court, on her behalf by Mrs Odunayo Agenoisa, she claimed that her suspension from school by government after her parents allegedly beat up some teachers for punishing her for indecent hairstyle and gross indiscipline, infringed on her rights.

The plaintiff claimed that she was singled out of assembly on May 22, 2021, and given 20 lashes of the cane on the order of the school principal for alleged indecent hairstyle, describing as cruel and inhumane, the alleged treatment meted to her.

The plaintiff claimed that the beating she got that day resulted in bruises, life-threatening scars and bloodstains on her uniform, adding that she fainted and was rushed to the police clinic in Ado Ekiti, where she was resuscitated and demanded her immediate reinstatement back to school

She claimed further that her letters of protest to the wife of the Ekiti State Governor and some relevant government agencies were not responded to, hence, her resorting to legal action to seek redress adding that she was being denied access to the school premises and her class on the order of the principal since then.

 

On May 22, the plaintiff’s father, also a Police Sergeant, Elijah Agenoisa, allegedly mobilized four armed policemen to the school to manhandle some teachers for scolding his daughter for coming to school with an indecent hairdo against the school rules and regulation and consequently, the school suspended his daughter

Meanwhile, the case which came up before Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of the Ekiti State High Court, on Thursday, was adjourned to September 22 for hearing.

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