Nigerian police liberate 259 emaciated women, men and teenagers from another Islamic rehabilitation center
The Nigerian police freed 259 emaciated women, men and teenagers from another Islamic rehabilitation center where prisoners said they were chained and beaten.
Many reported that they were regularly beaten by their abductors after being released on Monday from the prison-like building with bars above the windows in Ibadan.
They turned out to be malnourished and one of the men told the local media: & # 39; We eat one meal a day & # 39; while another described how the clergy kept him imprisoned for smoking a cigarette.
It was the last in a series of raids on Islamic institutions in Nigeria in recent weeks where more than 1,000 people, including many children, have been saved.
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Starved men and teens from the Islamic Rehabilitation Center in Ibadan, Nigeria, sit on the floor after being rescued on Tuesday
Young men stare out of the barred window of the Islamic center from which they were freed Monday
Women are in a room before being released from the Islamic detention center on Monday
The raids are increasingly embarrassing for President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim who has called on the police to crack down on such centers.
Last month, more than 300 men were freed from a school in Duara, the birthplace of President Buhari, where they claimed they were chained and raped.
Other sites that were raided during major police operations are located in the predominantly Muslim north of the country. Ibadan is in the south, which is mostly Christian.
State Police spokesman Fadeyi Olugbenga said the facility was raided at 2 p.m. on Monday.
& # 39; Yesterday, 259 people were released. We had women, men, and teenagers, & Olugbenga said. Some people were locked up in a building and others were chained.
According to Olugbenga, nine people, including the owner of the rehabilitation center, were arrested and investigated.
President and vice-president spokesmen both refused to comment.
A police officer talks to people who sit on the ground after being released by the police from an Islamic rehabilitation center in Ibadan
Clothing, food and personal rewards are scattered across the floor (left) and beams are visible across one of the windows (right)
But the president's office issued a statement in October saying that & # 39; no responsible democratic government would tolerate the existence of the torture chambers and physical abuse of prisoners in the name of the rehabilitation of the victims & # 39 ;.
At other raids, some parents thought their children were there to be raised and they even paid tuition.
Others sent criminal family members to Islamic institutions to teach discipline.
On October 13, more than 300 young men were freed from an Islamic boarding school where they claimed to have been chained and raped in Daura in the northern state of Katsina.
The prisoners in the state of Kaduna last month, most young boys, appeared with scars on their bodies after the police raided the building
During the raid on the school in Kaduna last month, the police said they had a & # 39; torture chamber & # 39; had found where students were chained, hanged and beaten
Some of the nearly 500 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
The men were chained and tortured at the school where they were enrolled by their families to learn the Koran. Many were also sent there to be treated for drug addiction.
Katsina police chief Sanusi Buba said at the time the school was founded by the 78-year-old Muslim clergyman, Bello Mai Almajirai, 40 years ago. He later handed over the management of the school to his son.
He said the school enrolled students who had been brought by their families to learn the Koran and be treated for drug addiction and other ailments.
Daura, 45 miles from the capital and close to the Niger border, is the birthplace of President Buhari.
On September 26, police in the nearby state of Kaduna discovered nearly 500 men and young boys standing in rows with ankle cuffs, while others had chained their hands. Other photos show the victims of torture with horrific scars on their backs.
Some male students are depicted after being rescued by the police from an Islamic school in the state of Kaduna, where they were tortured and raped
Some of the children rescued by the police on September 28 from a prison in a school in a tank in the Hajj Transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria
Authorities said the released prisoners in Kaduna would receive medical and psychological examinations
One victim even claimed that previous students had died of torture.
Parents have since been reunited with some of the children rescued by the police in the Hajj transit camp.
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 teaching the Koran and reforming them & # 39 ;, said state police spokesman Yakubu Sabo.
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.
The owner of the school in Kaduna and six staff members were arrested during the raid, but he insists that he did nothing wrong
& # 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;
The police were tipped off by complaints from local residents who became suspicious about what was happening inside the school.
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