A 10-year-old primary four pupil of Okhoro Primary School, Benin, Edo State, Miss Blessing Okaeben, has demanded from the state government N100milllion within seven days as compensation for her left eye which was allegedly blinded through flogging by a teacher under its employment.
Blessing was said to have been flogged by the female teacher with a broom in June 2011 for failing her Mathematics test.
Explaining her ordeal in a letter to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, through her counsel, Mr. Bamidele Igbinedion, said after inflicting pains on her neck and head several times with a big cane, the teacher further seized a bunch of broom and hit her severally on the head, face and eyes.
She alleged that the said teacher called her a witch and accused her of using witchcraft to disturb the school, adding that despite her appeal, the teacher continued to beat her until she sustained injury in her left eye which started to emit a watery substance.
Little blessing said she was unable to sleep that night due to the pains in the injured eye, which had become red, sore and swollen, adding that the following morning, her parents reported the matter to the headmistress of the school who advised the class teacher to take her to the hospital.
The letter read partly: “The teacher took our client to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Eye Clinic, where a broken broom stick was later extracted from her left eye.”
The class teacher paid some paltry amount for the treatment and then took our client to a private eye clinic in Benin. However, when asked to pay more money for her treatment, the teacher refused, saying she was pregnant with her own child and cannot be spending money to treat another person’s child.
The girl has instituted a N500 million suit against her teacher, Mrs. Mercy Iyobosa, before a Federal High Court, in Benin.