'Tortured' and shackled pupils freed from Nigerian Islamic school

Men and boys are pictured after being rescued by police in Sabon Garin, in Daura local government area of Katsina state, Nigeria October 14, 2019Symbol copyright

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Police stated the pupils were subjected to “inhuman and degrading remedies”

Police in northern Nigeria have freed 67 individuals who were discovered shackled at an Islamic boarding college, officers say.

The pupils, between the ages of 7 and 40, informed police they’d been tortured and abused.

Closing month, greater than 300 male scholars have been free of a identical boarding college in neighbouring Kaduna state.

Islamic boarding colleges, referred to as Almajiris, are not unusual around the mostly-Muslim north of Nigeria.

In a remark launched on Monday, police stated the men and males have been chained and subjected to “inhuman and degrading remedies”.

Two academics in addition to the landlord of the college, which is in Daura, the birthplace of President Muhammadu Buhari, were arrested.

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Some pupils on the college had persevered years of abuse

Greater than 300 pupils have been enrolled however maximum had escaped prior to the police arrived, the BBC’s Ishaq Khalid says.

The captives were rioting and lots of had were given out with their shackles nonetheless on, a Katsina police spokesperson informed the BBC.

The college operated for many years as a spot for Koranic instruction and labored with some pupils who have been deemed to have behavioural issues.

There were a large number of stories of abuse at Islamic boarding colleges throughout northern Nigeria, with scholars now and again pressured to spend their days begging at the streets.

President Buhari has up to now condemned stories of abuse at identical establishments.

In September, when scholars have been free of the college in Kaduna, he advised non secular and standard leaders to paintings with the government to “divulge and forestall all varieties of abuse which can be well known however omitted for a few years via our communities”.

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