15 kids ‘in chains’ free of spiritual college in Nigeria

Police have freed 15 kids from an Islamic college in central Nigeria the place they have been stored in chains and tortured, police mentioned on Tuesday.

The youngsters, aged between two and 10, have been found Sunday in a “dehumanising situation” at an off-the-cuff Koran college within the city of Suleja in Niger state, regional police spokesperson Wasiu Abiodun mentioned.

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In the home the place they have been discovered, “three chains used to tie their legs have been additionally recovered,” he mentioned.

Abiodun mentioned indicators of torture, together with scars and wounds have been found on the youngsters once they have been rescued.

He mentioned the cleric who ran the varsity was arrested throughout the raid.

“The case is underneath investigation and the suspect will quickly be arraigned in court docket for prosecution,” he mentioned.

Casual Islamic spiritual colleges, known as almajiri colleges, are widespread in Nigeria, the place there’s a power lack of presidency companies.

They’re broadly criticised for squalid circumstances, poor therapy and making pupils beg on the streets.

Many additionally function as so-called rehabilitation centres, for drug addicts and kids with behavioural issues.

Final yr, police rescued lots of of inmates in a string of raids on such institutes.

These launched complained of torture and sexual abuse by their lecturers.

In Could, governors of the 19 states in northern Nigeria introduced a ban on almajiri colleges over fears they might turn out to be hubs for spreading the coronavirus.