- Over 300 people chained in their arms and legs in a house in Kaduna have been rescued by the police in the state
- The house located at Rigasa community, Igabi local government area of the state, is said to be an Islamic centre
- According to the police, some of the people found in the house are from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries
- The police says among the inhabitants of the house were children who confessed to be abused homosexually
The police in Kaduna state have discovered a house containing over 300 people chained in their arms and legs in Rigasa community, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.
The police said some of the people found in the house are from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the unbundling of the house was confirmed by the state commissioner of police, Ali Aji Janga.
Janga said among the inhabitants of the house were children who confessed to be abused homosexually.
He said the elderly stated that they were subjected to daily recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers with torture.
While briefing newsmen at the site, Janga said: "We received an information that something is going on in this rehabilitation centre or Islamic center. 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."
A 42-year-old inmate identified as Bello Hamza said his family members tricked him to the centre because they wanted to take over his share of the family inheritance.
He said: “I have spent three months here with chains on my legs. I'm supposed to be pursuing my Masters in University of Pretoria, South Africa. 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 alot 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."
The proprietor of the centre simply identified as Malam, denied the allegations of torture, dehumanisation and homosexuality, describing them as false.
He said: “All those allegations of torture, dehumanisation and homosexuality are false and mere allegations. We do nothing here other than teaching people Islam.
“They don’t do anything other than, recitation of Qur’an, pray and worship God. Those chained are the stubborn ones who attempt running away. Those who don’t attempt running away are not chained. Some were chained before and after settling down, they were freed.
“Most of them were brought by their parents from across the country and others from outside the country.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kaduna state police command said it neutralised three and arrested 25 notorious suspected kidnappers in different operations in the state.
The command’s public relations officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, made the disclosure in a press statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday, September 9.
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