She is seeking N15 million in damages in her lawsuit against the Ekiti state government for violating her “fundamental rights”. JSS1 student Gift Agenoisa had been flogged and suspended for having a “degrading hairstyle” in school.
The student of Immaculate Secondary School, Ado-Ekiti, claimed that her suspension violated her rights in a suit filed on her behalf at the Ado-Ekiti High Court by her mother Odunayo Agenoisa.
There are four defendants in the suit: the school principal, Oluwasanmi F.M., the education commissioner, Olabimpe Aderiye, and the Ekiti State Teaching Service Commission.
In assembly on May 22, Agenoisa claimed she was singled out by the principal and given 20 lashes for wearing indecent hairstyle.
Timmy Omotoso, her attorney, summoned her and demanded N15 million in damages for her suspension as well as immediate reinstatement to school with full access to all services.
She said the beating left her with bruises, life-threatening scars, and bloodstains on her uniform.
She said she fainted and was rushed to the police clinic in Ado-Ekiti, where she was resuscitated.
Her letters of protest to the wife of Ekiti Governor and some relevant government agencies went unanswered, so she took legal action.
According to her, she has been denied access to the school premises and her class on the orders of the principal since that time.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Agenoisa’s father, a Police Sergeant, Elijah, allegedly brought four armed policemen to the school to scold some teachers for wearing an indecent hairstyle that violated school rules and regulations. (NAN