Hundreds of Men and Boys Rescued From Islamic School
Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian police have rescued nearly 300 men and boys from an Islamic school in Katsina, where they were treated inhumanly.
The school also presented itself as a rehabilitation centre, which was run by a 78-year-old Muslim cleric in Daura. Police raided the school after some students informed the police about the degraded treatments they received at the school.
Men and boys aged from 7 to 40 years, said that they were denied food for days and were given severe beating with iron chains by the Islamic teachers.
Nigerian police freed more than 300 men and boys captured in inhumane conditions. These students were also molested and sexually abused during their stay at the school, police reported. Some people reported that they were beaten each morning. The police said,” you could see many marks of the beatings they received.” School owner and two teachers have been arrested, and the investigation is under process.
Due to poverty and social beliefs, people send their children to Islamic schools called Almajiri. In these institutions, boys are maltreated and are often abused sexually.
Rescued men and boys have been taken to hospital and police is investigating the whereabouts of their families.