Police in Kaduna state have uncovered a building filled with more than 300 starved and chained people including children mostly aged 5 to 10 years old.
On Thursday, September 26th, the Kaduna State Police raided a building where over 300 persons including children who were starved and chained together in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Police, the victims were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries. The Police revealed that the children had confessed to being sexually abused. The adults reportedly said they were subjected to daily recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers, allegedly accompanied with torture. With chains on their legs and scars of injuries from suspected torture, the victims reportedly said their rescue, on Thursday, amount to “liberation from slavery.”
One of the victims who identified himself as Bello Hamza, 42, alleged that he was “tricked to the centre” by his family who wanted to take over his share of their common inheritance.
“I have spent three months here with chains on my legs. I’m supposed to be pursuing my Master’s in University Pretoria, South Africa. I got admission to study Applied Mathematics, but here I am, chained.
“They claim to be teaching us Quran and Islam, but they do a lot of things here. They subject the younger ones to homosexuality. This is supposed to be an Islamic centre, but trying to run away from here attracts severe punishment.