Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, on Friday, condemned the activities leading to the death of a school teacher, Mr Sunday Ufua, reportedly at the hands of a parent who allegedly flogged him (teacher) for disciplining his errant son.
Ufua, until his untimely death, was a teacher at Alihami Secondary School in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state.
In a condolence message to the family of the deceased and the state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Festus Ahon, Governor Oborevwori said the activities leading to the death of Mr Ufua were condemnable and avoidable and urged the Police authorities to investigate those behind his death with a view of serving justice on the issue.
He warned parents and guardians against taking illegal actions against teachers for correcting their erring children and wards, adding that such delinquent actions remained intolerable in schools across the state.
“I have been briefed on the death of hardworking school teacher of Alihami Secondary School, Agbor, allegedly at the hands of a parent whose son had been punished for alleged bad behaviour.
“While I condole with the bereaved family and teachers across the state on the unfortunate and untimely passing of their father, son, brother and colleague, I have directed the State Police Command to investigate the allegations against the parent and the student with a view to ensuring justice is served on the matter.
“As a state government, we frown seriously at parents going to bully teachers for genuinely meting out disciplinary measures against students for bad behaviour such as is alleged in the extant case.
“I have directed the State Police Command to investigate the case properly and bring the perpetrators to book.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I commiserate with the Ufua family and teachers across the state on the untimely and unfortunate demise of their father and colleague.
“As a state, we will never tolerate actions like this in our schools,” Oborevwori warned.