The head of an Islamic school has been suspended by the government in Nigeria’s north-central Kwara state after a video emerged showing a group of students being repeatedly lashed.
The students, who included some males and a female, were accused of drinking alcohol at a birthday party of one of their colleagues. The students said they were only having yogurt.
They were severely beaten by other students on the instruction of their teacher.
One of the videos circulating on social media showed a female student on her knees being beaten with sticks by several male students while other students watched.
The BBC quotes the student’s father as saying he approved of the punishment inflicted on his daughter.
But the incident has caused public anger.
Education officials say the matter is being investigated and the affected students have been taken to hospital for a proper medical examination and treatment.