The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested the proprietors of a torture house disguised as an Islamic School in the state.
The raid on the torture house happened last week when Police got an intel of the activities of the owners.
According to reports, about hundreds of men and boys – some reportedly aged as young as 5 – held in atrocious conditions at a facility proprietors described as a religious school and rehabilitation centre, News24.com reports.
Inmates were discovered chained to metal railings and with their hands and feet shackled together. Some bore scars from alleged beatings while other recounted being sexually abused.
“If they caught you if you want to run away from this place, they would hang you, they would chain you,” one of the victims Abdallah Hamza said.
The shocking revelations made headlines but activists insisted they were symptomatic of abuses that have long-riddled a system beyond official control.
Private Islamic schools – known locally as Almajiri schools – are widespread across mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, where poverty levels are high and government services often lacking.
The authorities have estimated that there are more than nine million students enrolled at the institutions.
“The latest example from Kaduna represented the worst of the system and very inhumane conditions,” Mohammed Sabo Keana, team lead at the Abuja-based Almajiri Child Rights Initiative NGO, told AFP.
“But they are a clear manifestation of what a lot of children go through – including being made to beg on the streets, subjected to violence, sleeping in the worst conditions imaginable and living with terrible sanitation levels.”
300 persons chained together in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been rescued by police officers.
The 300 which included children were rescued following a raid at a home allegedly used as an Islamic Centre.
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