A video posted on the internet shows the marks on a teenage boy’s back after he was reportedly whipped by a school officer.

In the video, the child, an SS3 student at Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Abeokuta, Ogun State, is shown showing others his damaged back after the violent flogging.

Vivian Madu, a Facebook user, shared the video.

She wrote in the caption: “This inhuman and degrading treatment was meted out to an SS 3 student of Nigerian Navy Secondary School Abeokuta under the watch of a female Commandant Mrs Jecinta Uche Asetuebube by a Sub Lt Rollins Okoji. When the Commandant was first contacted she denied the video because the victims nickname is NDA but further investigation revealed that this happened sometime before the end of the last term.”

The Nigerian Navy’s command has responded to the footage.

According to Commodore Suleiman Dahun, the Nigerian Navy Director of Information, the video was given to the school’s management by a parent who could not identify when the incident occurred or who was involved.

According to Dahun, a preliminary investigation indicated that “the incident occurred two sessions ago,” and that it was addressed administratively.

“For the avoidance of doubt, additional investigation into the incident is ongoing,” he stated, adding that the Nigerian Navy was conscious of the need to maintain discipline in its institutions without resorting to unconventional methods.

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