An Islamic boarding school has been revealed as a & # 39; house of torture & # 39; after authorities raided the building to discover that the students were being held and raped by staff.
Police discovered that more than 300 men and boys were housed at the school in Rigasa in Kaduna in northern Nigeria, and were regularly subjected to torture, sexual abuse and starvation.
Students who are from & # 39; different nationalities & # 39; were chained, hung from the ceiling and placed in a & # 39; torture chamber & # 39; beaten in the school, the authorities said.
Shocking images of the Islamic school show rows of male students wearing ankle cuffs, while some have also chained their hands together. Other photos show the victims of torture with horrific scars on their backs.
One victim described how previous students had died of torture.
Some male students are portrayed after being rescued by the police from an Islamic school where they have been tortured and sodomized. More than 300 people have been released from a & # 39; house of torture & # 39; in Kaduna, Nigeria, where they have been sexually abused and tortured
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
A man is standing with chains on his ankles and wrists. Private Islamic schools are common in Muslims in northern Nigeria, where government services are often lacking
& # 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, & said victim Bello Hanza
Ali Janga, chief of Kaduna police, said there was & # 39; human slavery & # 39; and they invaded the house after an anonymous tip on Thursday.
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.
The victims, including adults and minors, were held in & # 39; the most disapproving and inhumane conditions in the name of them to teach and reform the Quran & # 39 ;, said state police spokesman Yakubu Sabo.
The school, which has been active for ten years, has enrolled students who have been brought by their families to learn the Koran and are rehabilitated by drug abuse and other illnesses, police said.
The school, which has been in operation for ten years, has enrolled students brought by their families to learn the Koran and to be rehabilitated by drug abuse and other illnesses
Some of the 300 male students of & # 39; different nationalities & # 39; sit on the floor in chains outside the torture chamber of the school in the Rigasa area of Kaduna in northern Nigeria
Many were chained and the prisoners, especially children, said they had been tortured, sexually abused, starved and prevented from leaving
The prisoners, mostly young boys, appeared with scars on their bodies after the police raided the building
The owner of the school and six staff members were arrested during the raid, but he insists that he did nothing wrong
The owner of the school and six staff members were arrested during the raid.
& # 39; We found about 100 students, including children from the age of nine, in chains in a small room, all to reform them and make them responsible, & # 39; said Sabo.
& # 39; The victims have been abused. Some of them said they were tarnished by their teachers. & # 39;
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.
& # 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.
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.
A peek through the fence's security wire reveals the inside of Daru Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria
Authorities said the released prisoners will receive medical and psychological examinations
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.
The owner of the school said they should only teach people Islam and said the allegations of torture and sexual abuse are false,
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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