• Nigerian police confirmed that more than 300 boys and men were “rescued from a building thought to be an Islamic school where they were held against their will, sexually abused, starved and tortured.”
  • Some of the boys rescued from the town of Kaduna were as young as 5 years old.
  • According to reports, “most of the victims seen by a reporter were children, some in their late teens. One boy, holding a police officer’s hand as he wobbled unsteadily, had visible sores on his back, possibly the result of whipping.”
  • Police spokesman Yakubu Sabo said: “The condition under which we found the victims was so dehumanizing, many of them were chained.”
  • Sabo added that “the owner and six others who were said to be teachers have been arrested.”
  • Kaduna Police Chief Ali Janga told media outlets “that police raided the building after a local tip. He described it as a house of torture and a place of slavery.”
  • The building’s owner insisted to “police the children had been brought by their families to learn the Quran or because they had problems such as drug addiction. But police said the place was not licensed to run any reformatory or educational program.”
  • Bell Hamza, a detainee, told Nigerian media: “I have spent three months here with chains on my legs.”
  • Another detainee, Hassan Yusuf, “told Reuters he had been sent to the school because of concerns over his way of life after studying abroad for a few years.”
  • Yusuf said: “They said my lifestyle has changed — I’ve become a Christian, I’ve left the Islamic way of life.”
  • For now, “the rescued children have been moved to a camp at a stadium in Kaduna and the state government is providing for them while police attempt to locate their guardians.”

Reference Links

  • BBC: Nigerian ‘torture house’: Hundreds freed in Kaduna police raid READ
  • Fox: Police rescue hundreds of men, boys from Nigerian ‘torture house’ thought to be Islamic school: report READ
  • NBC: Hundreds of boys, men freed from torture building in Nigeria READ
  • New York Post: Hundreds of tortured students freed from Islamic school in Nigeria READ

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