No fewer than 147 victims have been rescued from another Islamic rehabilitation centre in Kaduna State
Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai led some policemen to raid the centreknown as, ‘Malam Nigga Rehabilitation Centre’ in Rigasa in Igabi Local Government Area of the State.
The rescued victims comprised of 125 males and 22 females including four foreigners from Niger Republic and Cameron. There were also underage children among the victims.
The victims comprise of 125 males and 22 females. Among them were four foreigners from Cameron and Niger Republic as well as underage children.
Kaduna State government has taken all the rescued persons into protective custody.
The latest rescue comes less than a month after the police raided an Islamic centre at the same Rigasa in Igabi LGA, where they evacuated 300 chained persons.
The victims were said to come from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries. Some of the children were rescued and placed under protective custody by the state government while the owner of the centre and teachers were charged to court by the state.
The Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident said thorough investigation would be carried out and that the owner of the centre who is already in police custody, would be further investigated.
Sabo explained that the owner of the centre said the children under his custody at the centre were brought by their parents.
The police chief said, “The governor led the police to the rehabilitation centre to find out what was happening. The centre claimed that it was certified to rehabilitate and train people in skills acquisition.
“The owner said they were brought by their parents to undergo rehabilitation as a result of drug abuse or other forms of mental sickness. We will investigate and find out why the people were chained.
“The owner has been arrested and the children have been taken to Hajj camp by the state government for medical checks and eventual reunion with their parents.”
Police operatives have been deployed to guard the inmates at the Hajj Camp in the Mando area of the state.
The State’s Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hafsat Baba, confirmed to newsmen that 22 of the victims were females while four were foreigners, also said that some of the victims were indeed mentally ill.
She, however, added that the state had contacted a psychiatric doctor to come and examine them.
The Commissioner said, “The number of inmates evacuated from the centre was 147 in total, among them 22 females while four were foreigners from Niger and Cameroon.
“We also have underage among the inmates and those who are not mentally stable. We have contacted a psychiatric doctor who will come to examine them.”