Crime Updated: May 23, 2024

Anambra: Pupil beaten to coma by teacher dies

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
May 23, 2024

Henry Okonkwo, a pupil at Landmark International School in Mgbakwu, Awka North Local Government Area, Anambra State, died after allegedly being beaten to a coma by a teacher.

Allnews.ng gathered that the boy passed on early Wednesday morning.

Faith Nwonye, a 30-year-old teacher at the school, was detained on Monday for allegedly beating an eight-year-old student into a coma.

Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, the Commissioner for Education, had already invited Nwoye to explain the circumstances behind the child's brutalization on Monday, May 20, 2024.

Chuma-Udeh expressed concern at the development, stressing that the victim's odds of survival while under admission to a hospital are 20%.


She stated that the school was operating illegally, classifying the situation as a crime. The commissioner emphasised that perpetrators were acting at their own risk.

The teacher was invited together with Promise Ilo, the school's proprietor at the time of the incident. The development resulted in the temporary closure of the school while an inquiry was stated to have begun.

The instructor who acknowledged beating the child, however, maintained that the flogging was not as harsh as the photo suggested.

The case was given over to the police for inquiry when the boy was in the intensive care unit of the hospital, from where he later gave up the ghost in the early hours of Wednesday.

On Thursday, the commissioner mourned the kid's death, stating that he was a boy like any other, with ambitions and aspirations.


She said, "He was a boy like any other, with hopes and dreams. He went to school for a brighter future but died a terrible death at the hands of those who were supposed to help him fulfil his life goals.

"A quack instructor from an unlicensed school bludgeoned him to death. We grieve a life that was cut short! We grieve Henry Chukwuemeka Okonkwo! We mourn and seek justice."

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