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11 evacuated from Zaria torture chamber

Published by The Nation on Wed, 23 Oct 2019

AbdulGafar Alabelewe, KadunaTHREE days after Governor Nasir El-Rufai led a raid on torture rehabilitation centre in Rigasa, Kaduna, another centre has been discovered in the state.The new centre, where students are being dehumanized, was found in Zaria by the Kaduna State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).At the centre identified as Malam Aliyu Mai Adakan Salatul Fatih, 11 students were evacuated. Some of them were in chains.Parading the operators of the centre, the Deputy Commandant of NSCDC, Kaduna Command, Nnegha Aloysious Onyema, disclosed that three students had died at the centre, following unbearable torture.He said: We busted two of the centresLimanchi corner and Marmaraboth in Zaria and evacuated 11 inmates ranging from 11-40 years of age from the two centres while one other centre had released their inmates, following information that other centres has been bursted, but we arrested the operator.He said the five of the operators who were arrested would alongside the evacuated victims, be handed over to the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development for necessary actions and prosecution.Kaduna State Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, who visited the NSCDC headquarters in company of the Commissioners for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and Human Services and Social Development, Hajia Hafsat Baba, condemned what she called inhuman treatment.Read Also: El-Rufai raid another illegal rehabilitation centre in KadunaShe took brief from the students who narrated their ordeal at the centre. She also engaged the operators.The deputy governor said the government will take necessary actions against the operators while the victims would be provided necessary medical care before handing them over to their parents.She urged parents to desist from taking their wards to such centres, warning that erring guardian would be made to face the full wrath of the law.One of the victims, Abdullahi Aliyu Ishola, 30, from Osun State, said, a family member just took him there and all of a sudden he was chained both legs and hands and since then, subjected to all manners of inhuman treatment, including regular beating and starvation.Ishola, who claimed be a holder of a National Diploma in Mass Communication from Ire Polytechnic in Osun State, thanked God that they were finally rescued.The operators of the centres, however, claimed that the students were brought to them by their parents for help. They denied beating them.
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