Nigerian police free 259 from unlawful detention in mosque

Nigerian police photo showing people freed from an Islamic rehabilitation centre in Ibadan, 5 November 2019Picture copyright
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Situations on the mosque had been described as inhumane


Nigerian police have rescued 259 captives from an unlawful detention centre in a mosque in Ibadan, within the south-western state of Oyo.

The proprietor of the power and eight others have been arrested, based on native media.


Situations on the mosque had been inhumane, Mr Shina Olukolu, state commissioner of police, instructed the Punch newspaper.

Up to now month, greater than 1,000 individuals have been rescued from related establishments in Nigeria.

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Native police raided the centre on Monday night after a tip-off from a 17-year-old who had escaped from an identical centre within the space.

Among the victims reportedly instructed police they’d been held there for years.

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Media captionLife in a Nigerian torture ‘college’: I used to be handled like an animal

That is the newest raid in Nigeria’s crackdown on “rehabilitation faculties” for drug addicts, troublesome youngsters and individuals who have dedicated petty crimes.

Officers have likened the amenities to torture centres, and have vowed to shut them down.

Individuals rescued from related establishments over the previous month have reported bodily and sexual abuse.

Lawal Ahmed was rescued from a rehabilitation centre earlier in October. He instructed the BBC that beatings and abuse had been commonplace.

He stated: “They make a canopy story and say they’re educating us. They aren’t educating us for the sake of God. Every thing we’re doing is by pressure and punishment.

“Whoever tells you they’re performing prayers right here for the sake of God, they’re mendacity.”