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Hundreds Nigerians freed from ‘torture house’ in Kaduna

Captives are seen with chains around their ankles as police free them
Some captives were as young as five years old, police said

KADUNA-(MaraviPost)-Nigerian police say they have rescued nearly 500 men and boys from a building in the northern city of Kaduna, where the detainees were allegedly tortured.

Those held at the building, which housed an Islamic school, included a large number of children and some were found chained up, police said.

Kaduna police chief Ali Janga told the BBC the building was raided after a tip-off about suspicious activity.

He described it as a “house of torture” and a place of human slavery.

Some captives were as young as five, police said.

The detainees, not all Nigerian, said they had been tortured, sexually abused, starved and prevented from leaving – in some cases for several years.

It was not clear how they got there. Some of the children told police that their relatives had taken them there, believing the building to be a Koranic school.

Two of the children freed by police said their parents had sent them there from Burkina Faso.

Police believe the rest are mostly from northern Nigeria.

Injuries are seen on the back of a boy who was freed from the the building.
Some of the detainees had visible injuries

Eight suspects, most of them teachers, were arrested.

The police chief said the detainees – some with injuries and starved of food – were overjoyed to be freed.

They were taken to a stadium in Kaduna overnight to be cared for while arrangements were made to find their families.

Nigerian authorities said the nearly 500 freed captives would be given medical and psychological examinations.

Islamic schools are popular in northern Nigeria but there have long been allegations of abuse in some schools, and of pupils being made to beg for money on the streets.

A sign in the Hausa language outside the school reads: "Ahmad bin Hambal Centre for Islamic teachings. The Koran is the book of Allah, whoever believes in it, reads it and adopt sit will have salvation in this life and in the hereafter."
A sign written in Hausa outside the building calls it the “Ahmad bin Hambal Centre for Islamic Teachings”
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  1. Followers of Islam (muslims) still enslave 20+ million blacks as slaves (in Mauritania & elsewhere)…. in fact muslims were the slave traders to the entire world.

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