- Corporal punishment yet to be outlawed in Nigeria
The pupils were being flogged by a teacher in front of their school Wednesday morning in the remote town of Ayetoro, Ogun State, northwest of Lagos.
"They were tied to a wooden trees made to look like a crucifix when a policeman on patrol saw them. They told the principal and the school proprietor to untie them and they refused. They even beat one of the people who intervened," Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun State police spokesman told CNN.
The state's police command said it was investigating the case and said the school's principal, owner, and a teacher have been charged with assault and intention to cause grievous bodily harm.
CNN could not immediately reach the school authorities for comments.
Corporal punishment is a common form of discipline in many Nigerian schools despite increasing evidence of its negative outcomes
Nigeria is not among the 60 countries
states and territories that have banned its use against children though internationals organizations
are calling for it to be outlawed.
The United Nations children agency estimates that around 300 million children
aged two to for receive some form of physical discipline from their parents or caregivers on a regular basis.