Horror as police rescue 300 children found chained, starved at Islamic centre in Kaduna

At least 300 persons were reportedly set free after the police raided an Islamic centre at Rigasa, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis on Thursday night.

The victims comprising mostly of children, who according to the police, are from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries, were subjected to inhuman treatment.

While the children among were said to have been sexually abused, others were tortured on a regular basis.

The police stormed the house on Thursday night after being tipped off.

According to the report, the people manning the house of horror claim it’s an Islamic rehabilitation centre.

The detained children said they were forced to fast, and that they were were being sexually abused.

The police suspected that the children may be undergoing some form of indoctrination.

All the children have been moved, the report said.

TVC did not state whether the minders of the abused and starving children have been arrested.

Later at a press conference, the police expatiated on their shock find.

The victims, according to the police, are from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.D

Bello Hamza, one of the victims, said he was supposed to be pursuing a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics in South Africa, when his family members brought him to the centre, three months ago.

He told journalists that he was tricked into the centre by his family members.

Hamza said  he spent three months in chains.

The detained children inside the house  - Horror as police rescue 300 children found chained, starved at Islamic centre in Kaduna

The detained children inside the Kaduna house

“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; they tie people and hang them to the ceiling for that, but engaging in homosexuality attracts no punishment.

“Within my short stay here, somebody had died as a result of torture. Others have died before my coming due to poor health and torture. They give us very poor food and we only eat twice a day; 11:00am and 10:00pm.

“They have denied me a lot of things here. I am a family man, I have responsibilities, but I am chained here not knowing what is happening to my family members.”

Ali Janga, Kaduna police commissioner, said: “We received an information that something is going on in this rehabilitation centre or Islamic centre. So, I sent my DPO here to check what was going on.

“On getting here, we discovered that, this is neither a rehabilitation centre or Islamic school. You can see it yourself that, small children, some of whom are brought from neighbouring African countries like Burkina Faso, Mali and others and from across Nigeria. Most of them are even chained.

“These people are being used, dehumanised. You can see it yourself. The man who is operating this home claimed that, parents brought their children here for rehabilitation. But, from the look on things this is not a rehabilitation centre. No reasonable parent will bring his children to this place.

“So, we are going to investigate them and get to the root of the matter. We will find out the real motive behind this centre, and if they are found wanting they will be charged to court. But first, we are evacuating all the people from this place to our station and we will make announcement for parents to come and recover their children.”

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