Nearly 500 men and boys have been rescued from an Islamic boarding school & # 39; house of torture & # 39; where they were held and raped for years by personnel in Kaduna, Nigeria.
Many were chained and the prisoners, especially children, said they had been tortured, sexually abused, starved and prevented from leaving.
Police invaded a building on Thursday in the city where the victims in & # 39; the most waning and inhumane conditions were held in the name of teaching and reforming the Quran & # 39 ;, said a police spokesperson.
Nearly 500 people have been freed from a & # 39; house of torture & # 39; in Kaduna, Nigeria, where they have been sexually abused and tortured
They were depicted with terrible scars on their backs and with their hands and feet in chains after their release.
Ali Janga, chief of Kaduna police, said there was & # 39; human slavery & # 39; and they invaded the house after an anonymous tip.
He told me BBC it was a & # 39; house of torture & # 39; with men and boys from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.
Police said the prisoners were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.
Bello Hamza, 42, told The Nigerian grandstand: & # 39; I spent three months here with chains on my legs. I am supposed to pursue my master's at Pretoria University, South Africa. I was allowed to study Applied Mathematics, but here I am chained.
& # 39; They claim to teach us the Koran and Islam, but they do a lot of things here. They subject the young person to homosexuality.
The prisoners, mostly young boys, appeared with scars on their bodies after the police raided the building
& # 39; This is supposed to be an Islamic center, but trying to run away attracts a heavy punishment; they bind people and hang them on the ceiling for that, but homosexuality is not a punishment. & # 39;
He also said that during his stay there he saw people dying of torture.
Police spokesman Yakubu Sabo said: & # 39; We have found about 100 students, including children from the age of nine, crammed into chains in a small room, all to reform them and make them responsible people. & # 39 ;
The school, which has been in operation for ten years, enrolled students who had been brought by their families to learn the Koran and to be rehabilitated against drug abuse and other illnesses.
The owner of the school and six staff members were arrested during the raid.
Sabo said: & # 39; The victims have been abused. Some of them said they were tarnished by their teachers. & # 39;
The police were tipped off by complaints from local residents who became suspicious about what was happening inside the school.
During the raid on the school, the police said they had a & # 39; torture chamber & # 39; had found where students were chained, hanged and beaten.
The police who raided the building said the prisoners were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries
Sabo said the victims were of different nationalities and that & two of them said during the interrogation that they had been brought from Burkina Faso by their parents & # 39 ;.
The identity of the rescued victims was documented to determine where they came from and to contact their families.
Parents of some of the city victims, contacted by the police, were & # 39; shocked and shocked & # 39; when they saw the condition of their children because they had no idea what was happening inside the school.
Parents were allowed to visit their children every three months, but only in certain parts of the building.
& # 39; They were not allowed into the house to see what happened … the children are only taken outside to meet them, & # 39; said Sabo.
& # 39; All they thought their children were learning the Koran and good manners while looking modest, & # 39; he added.
Police said the prisoners were held in & # 39; the most humiliating and inhumane conditions in the name of teaching them the Koran and reforming them & # 39;
Private Islamic schools are common in Muslims in northern Nigeria, where government services are often lacking.
The owner of the school said that all they do is teach people Islam and say that allegations of torture and sexual abuse are false, despite the fact that people were in chains.
He said: “They do nothing but recite the Qur'an, pray and worship God.
& # 39; Those chained are the stubborn ones who try to run away. Those who do not try to walk away are not chained. Some were chained before and after their establishment, they were liberated. & # 39;
They were taken to a stadium to be cared for, while the police tried to find their families.
Authorities said the released prisoners will receive medical and psychological examinations.
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