Another 108 rescue at illegal rehabilitation centre

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Less than a week after  some persons where rescued from  an illegal rehabilitation center in Rigasa, Kaduna state, the Kwara  State Police Command has also uncovered another rehabilitation center, Sumuratu Mumeen Arabic Centre, Gaa-Odota Area in Ilorin, where 108 people detained under inhuman condition were rescued.

The State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun made this known on Thursday in Ilorin while briefing reporters.

Egbetokun said the command acted on a tipoff and raided the centre where 103 males and five females were discovered unlawfully detained.

“Some of the victims were observed to have some forms of infections and diseases and were not treated while some others were mentally ill.

“Some of them during interview claim they were brought to the centre by their parents,” said the CP.

He said investigation was ongoing and that the police command would take care of the victims until their parents come to fetch them.

One of the victims, Waliyu Ali, said his parents took him there because he was addicted to marijuana.

He added that his parents believed that the place was a rehabilitation centre and that he would stop smoking marijuana after spending some months there.

Another victim, Abdulazeez Korede, said “my parents brought me there because I am a drug addict and they want to stop me from taking hard drug.

“But to my surprise, I was chained and beaten up mercilessly and taken under ground where other guys like me were kept when my parents left.

“I was kept in a dungeon for four months where there was no sunlight or window and no proper food.”

Another inmate, Tope Owonifari, said he was taken there because he was troublesome and used to smoke cigarette.

He added that despite the founder collecting N15,000 monthly food allowance from his parents, “I was not given proper meal”.

“The owner of the centre charged my parents N200, 000 for the treatment and I have spent four days here which is like four years to me,” he added.

Owonifari commended the Kwara police command for rescuing them.

One of the female victims, Olaide Arikewuyo, said she had spent five years in the centre and alleged that she had been sexually abused by the uncle of the owner of the facility.

“I am living with the owner of the centre in their apartment and the uncle used to have canal knowledge of me every night.

“Since I have nobody to turn to and it is not easy to escape from there, I have been abused by five men.

“In the process, I got impregnated and had three abortions. I just thank God that the police came to my rescue,” she said.

President Muhammadu Buhari on October 19 directed the police to uncover all illegal detention (rehabilitation) centres and rescue those held there.

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