The police in Kaduna State reported that they had detained two suspects in relation to the death of Marwanu Nuhu Sambo, a 19-year-old student at a private school in Kofar Kuyambana, Zaria. His teachers are thought to have killed him.

ASP Mansir Hassan confirmed the incident and stated that additional suspects would probably be detained. He declared that a thorough investigation had been ordered by the state's police commissioner and that the suspects would be charged in court right away.

According to reports, the JSS3 student's death was caused by the teachers' severe beatings and corporal punishment.

Rukayya Sambo, a sister of the deceased, revealed to Daily Trust on Sunday that her late brother was required to retake the course.

She alleged that his brother’s classmates said he was given 100 lashes in the school assembly.

“He was later on taken to the principal, where he was stripped naked and they continued beating him till he no longer breathed. In fact, he attempted to run away but the school prefects were asked to apprehend and take him back to the principal’s office,” she further alleged.

An uncle of the deceased, Isa Sa’idu, said the incident happened on Friday at 9 a.m., but up to evening hours, the parents or relatives of the late student were not informed by the management of the school.

“We only heard rumours that our son was dead and had been taken to a nearby hospital, so we rushed to confirm. We met the medical officer that attended to the boy and he told us that he was brought to the hospital dead,’ he said.

However, a letter issued by the school’s management and circulated on social media dated October 21, 2023, confirmed the death of the student.

It read, “The management is deeply saddened by this heavy incident that led to the death of its student and pray almighty Allah to forgive the shortcoming of the deceased. Further, the officers that committed this act were suspended from the school forthwith and handed over to the Nigerian police for investigation and further action.”

The letter, however, announced the closure of the school till further notice.