- President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes the raids made by the police on fake correctional centers in Kaduna and Katsina states
- Buhari says the arrests are in line with his commitment to human rights and dignity of the citizens regardless of their age, religion and ethnicity
- The president applauds efforts of the police in exposing the human rights abuses by individuals and criminal group
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Nigeria police for discovering fake correctional centres in Kaduna and Katsina states.
Speaking in a statement issued on Saturday, 19 October, through his media aid, Garba Shehu, the president urged the police to continue to enforce the law against child-theft racket.
He said the arrests were in line with his commitment to human rights and dignity of the citizens regardless of their age, religion and ethnicity.
“President Buhari will not support criminality under any guise, including the abduction of children and selling them off illegally,” the statement read in part.
“On torture chambers, in this day and age, no responsible democratic government would tolerate the existence of the torture chambers and physical abuses of inmates in the name of rehabilitation of the victims."
The president applauded efforts of the police in exposing the human rights abuses by individuals and criminal groups.
He expressed optimism that the police efforts will be sustained to check illegal activities of this nature.
Buhari urged the public to remain vigilant and assist security agencies in crime prevention and control by reporting the existence of criminal activities around their communities.
The sharing of human intelligence is everybody's responsibility in order to make our society safe and this government is ever committed to supporting the police to be more effective in the performance of its duties through proper funding and motivation of its personnel,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian police on Saturday, October 19, rescued 147 victims from a facility that served as an illegal rehabilitation centre in the Rigasa area of Kaduna state.
Channels TV reports that those rescued from the facility popularly known as Malam Niga’s rehabilitation include 22 females and four foreigners.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai was said to be present during the raid as security operatives freed the victims who were later taken to the Hajj Camp in Mando area of the state capital for further profiling and medical attention.
Vanguard reports that the raid was confirmed by the Kaduna state police spokesperson, Yakubu Sabo, who said the governor led the police to the rehabilitation centre to find out what was happening there.
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