Police closes down religious centre with 360 chained inmates in Daura

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Police said the school's proprietor, 78-year old Bello Mai Almajirai, "has been in the business for more than 40 years and now he has become old he no longer has the capacity to run the rehab Islamic school". "Victims were also found to have been subjected to various inhuman and degrading treatments".

Vanguard reports that the commissioner of police in the state, Sanusi Buba, explained that the centre had been in operation for at least 40 years. However, police later found 67 people aged between 7 and 40, "shackled with chains" in the school located in the town of Daura, near the border with Niger.

Responding to the incident, Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar expressed shock over the discovery, saying it was saddening that something of such nature was happening in President Muhammadu Buhari's hometown.

More than 300 inmates, in critical conditions were discovered in the small mud house.

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On his part, the Emir of Daura, Dr. Farouq Umar Farouq, while addressing the state commissioner of police on the matter at his palace in Daura, directed the police chief to ensure that justice prevailed on the issue irrespective of whoever is involved. The inmates revolted yesterday (Sunday) because of the inhuman treatment they were being subjected to. "We are not happy, they were treated illegally".

"Their parents bring money, food items and what have you for their upkeep but these don't reach them". Although the teachers escaped in the course of the confusion when my men came here after the inmates revolted, we shall get all of them and they would face the full wrath of the law. "But, here, they would beat us, starve us and subject us to inhuman conditions".

"From here, he graduated to the level of collecting children for the goal of rehabilitating them, some of them underage while others of age were brought here by their parents supposedly for the objective of rehabilitating them".

But following the protest, 30 of them escaped while over 200 escaped yesterday, leaving only 65 at centre, a development that made the police to seal off the facility yesterday and arrested its owner and two of his staff members.

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