Captives freed from second Nigeria torture house
Police in Nigeria say 67 people have been freed from an Islamic school where they were allegedly tortured in the north-western town of Daura – President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown.
The victims – all male – included children as young as seven. They were allegedly chained up, beaten and sexually abused there, according to Katsina state’s police spokesperson.
The centre has been shut and the owner arrested. This is the second discovery of such facilities in Nigeria in less than a month.
A school register shows there were more than 300 people detained at the centre in Daura in degrading conditions, police say.
Katsina state police spokesperson told the BBC that the captives had rioted and many escaped with their shackles still on.
Some of the victims are said to be from neighbouring Niger.
The centre is said to have operated for decades as Koranic School as well as a correctional facility.
Last month a similar facility was discovered in the city of Kaduna – this one described as a “house of torture” by the local police chief – from where hundreds of captives were freed.