- The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says seven suspects have been arrested in connection with alleged illegal detention of at least 300 victims
- The police disclose that the victims have been handed over to the Kaduna state government
- Spokesperson of the force, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says the emphasis is on the inhuman treatment meted out to the victims
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), on Saturday, September 28, announced that its men have arrested seven suspects connection with the alleged illegal detention of 300 inmates at an Islamic rehabilitation centre in Kaduna.
The police command in Kaduna further said it had handed over to the state government the 300 inmates of a rehabilitation centre recently discovered at Rigasa area of the state and rescued on Thursday, September 26.
Speaking about the development, the spokesperson of the police in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the about 300 inmates were handed over to the Kaduna government on Friday, September 27, for reunion with their families.
Sabo said the police raid on the centre was justified adding that it was based on reports of torture and abuse, not whether the inmates were willingly taken there by their parents.
“Whether or not they were the ones who handed their children over, there is limitation to what can be done to human beings, even by parents.
“According to law, even if it is the father that subjected his child to inhuman treatment, there is a level where he will be held liable for his action.
“Nobody is questioning whether the parents took their children there, what we are saying is that inhuman treatment is meted out to those children in violation of the law," he said.
The police spokesperson added that the school in question had no license to operate since they did not tender any document to show that they are registered.
“The school is concurrently running both educational and correctional programmes which are supposed to be different institutions with different licenses.
"If you have license to give correctional program, that in itself does not give you order to do educational program," the police spokesperson said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the police recently 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.
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