The principal of a Koranic school in Nigerias Kwara state has been suspended after a video went viral showing students being violently punished.
One of the videos showed four men beating a girl with what looked like sticks in front of a crowd.
The battered students were accused of drinking alcohol, but they denied it and said they drank milk at a birthday party.
The video had spread widely, and led to popular anger due to the torture of the students.
The father of one of the students told the BBC that he had agreed to the flogging.
He added that he had seen footage of the alleged breach of the rules. He expressed his support for the school in Kwara State, saying that eight of his children graduated from the same educational institution.
He confirmed that he was angry when he saw a video clip claiming that his daughter drank alcohol.
He said, “I informed the school about what happened, and I personally asked them to inflict the appropriate punishment on it, and I insisted that I be present when implementing it.”
His daughter was seen in a video, bending on her knees and raising her hands to protect herself from the skin.
The beating was so severe that her veil almost fell off her head.
In another video, a young man appeared lying on the ground and screaming while receiving the lashes, but the lashes seemed to intensify as he screamed.
Other students carried out the process of punishment on their comrades according to the instructions of their teacher.
The students, who were punished, were reported to have been taken to hospital for examinations and treatment.
The school defended the measure, citing the consent of the parents to punish their children. She also said that flogging complies with Islamic law.
And Nigerian media quoted a statement of the local government, in which it condemned the flogging incident after a visit to the school.
“Regardless of the authorities’ explanations of what happened, the parents’ acknowledgment and the remorse of the affected students, the government strongly condemns the harsh beating seen in the footage,” the statement read.
She said the investigation into the incident had begun with the participation of a team including Muslim clerics, local leaders and government officials.