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Man Lured to Islamic torture center because of his inheritance, chained with 300 others in Daura released

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The Katsina Police Command has rescued 300 persons chained together and treated inhumanely in an Islamic centre in the Sabon Garin Daura area of the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, disclosed this to journalists at the center on Monday.

Buba said the police discovered and shut down the centre, after some of the boys who had escaped embarked on a protest over allegations of violation of human rights.

The police boss said the centre is owned by one of the most famous and respected Islamic scholars in Daura, Bello Mai Almajirai.

According to him, the centre is said to house people perceived to be outlaws from their parents and the society, lamenting about the deteriorating situation at the center.

Buba said the escapees, numbering over 200, ran into the town, narrating how they were being maltreated, a development that sparked outrage in the community against the owner.


According to the state Commissioner for Police, Ali Janga, the victims are from Burkina Faso, Mali, and other African countries.

Nigeria News Live understands that adults were subjected to daily recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers, allegedly accompanied with torture.

There are also claims that some of the children had been sexually abused.

One of the victims who identified himself as Bello Hamza, 42, alleged that he was “tricked to the centre” by his family who wanted to take over his share of their common inheritance.

“I have spent three months here with chains on my legs. “I’m supposed to be pursuing my Master’s in University Pretoria, South Africa. I got admission to study Applied Mathematics, but here I am, chained.

“They claim to be teaching us Quran and Islam, but they do a lot of things here.

They subject the younger ones to homosexuality.

“This is supposed to be an Islamic centre, but trying to run away from here attracts severe punishment.

“They tie people and hang them to the ceiling for that, but engaging in homosexuality attracts no punishment.

“Within my short stay here, somebody had died as a result of torture. Others have died before my coming due to poor health and torture.

“They give us very poor food and we only eat twice a day — 11:00am and 10:00pm.

“They have denied me a lot of things here. I am a family man, I have responsibilities, but I am chained here, not knowing what is happening to my family members,” he said.


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