7th Rangers: Inside the 'house of torture' Islamic boarding school: More than 300 men and boys shackled in chains and baring brutal scars from beatings 'in the name of teaching them the Koran' are freed after police raid in Nigeria
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Inside the 'house of torture' Islamic boarding school: More than 300 men and boys shackled in chains and baring brutal scars from beatings 'in the name of teaching them the Koran' are freed after police raid in Nigeria
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Some of the male students are pictured after being rescued by police from an Islamic school where they were tortured and sodomised. More than 300 people have been freed from a 'house of torture' in Kaduna, Nigeria, where they were sexually abused and tortured
An Islamic boarding school has been revealed as a 'house of torture' after authorities raided the building to find its students were being detained and raped by staff.
Police discovered over 300 men and boys were being housed in the school in Rigasa area of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, and were regularly subjected to torture, sexual abuse, and starvation.
Students, who were of 'different nationalities', were chained, hung from the ceiling and beaten in a 'torture chamber' inside the school, authorities said.
Shocking images from the Islamic school show rows of the male students wearing ankle shackles, while some also have their hands chained together. Other photos show the torture victims with horrific scars on their backs.
One victim described how previous students had died from being tortured. Kaduna state's chief of police Ali Janga said it was a case of 'human slavery' and they raided the house after an anonymous tip-off on Thursday.
He told the BBC it was a 'house of torture' with men and boys from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.
Police said the detainees were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.
The victims, including adults and minors, were kept in 'the most debasing and inhuman conditions in the name of teaching them the Koran and reforming them', Kaduna state police spokesman Yakubu Sabo said.
The school, which has been operating for a decade, enrolled students brought by their families to learn the Koran and be rehabilitated from drug abuse and other illnesses, police said.