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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:12 PM

Nigerian police rescue 67 from 'inhuman' conditions at Islamic 'school'

Also: Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools after second raid (included below)

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Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS OCTOBER 14, 2019 / 4:38 PM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO

Nigerian police rescue 67 from 'inhuman' conditions at Islamic 'school'

Ahmed Kingimi
3 MIN READ

MAIDUGUIRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Police in northern Nigeria rescued nearly 70 men and boys from a second purported Islamic school where they were shackled and subjected to “inhuman and degrading treatments.”

The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less than a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighboring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused.

“In the course of investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains,” Katsina police spokesman Sanusi Buba said in a statement. “Victims were also found to have been subjected to various inhuman and degrading treatments.”

The raid occurred on October 12 in Sabon Garin in the Daura local government area of Katsina state. Police issued a statement on Monday and said they were working to reunite the victims with their families.

Lawal Ahmad, a 33-year-old who was held captive, said he witnessed sexual assault, beatings and the death of other captives during his two years there.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-captives/nigerian-police-rescue-67-from-inhuman-conditions-at-islamic-school-idUSKBN1WT2ET

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Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 7:36 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools after second raid

Desmond Mgboh
3 MIN READ

KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria’s president on Tuesday ordered a crackdown on abuse at Islamic schools, after a second police raid in less than a month revealed men and boys subjected to beatings, abuse and squalid conditions.

Nearly 300 had been held captive at a school in the Daura area of Katsina, the home town of President Muhammadu Buhari, where police said they discovered “inhuman and degrading treatment” following a raid on Monday to free the remaining students.

Late last month, police freed hundreds from similarly degrading conditions in neighboring Kaduna state.

“Mr. President has directed the police to disband all such centers and all the inmates be handed over to their parents,” said a presidential spokesman.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-captives/nigerian-president-vows-crackdown-on-abusive-islamic-schools-after-second-raid-idUSKBN1WU1K2

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