Geller Report readers are long familiar with abuse and horrors children have to endure at some of these madrassas (Islamic schools). Nothing changes, because it is islamophobic to criticize Islam.
The school which has been operating for a decade, enrolled students brought by their families to learn the Quran.
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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
- Police raided the Koranic school in Kaduna after an anonymous tip-off
- The owner of the school and six staff have been arrested over the ‘slavery’
- The men and boys emerged with chains on their feet and horrific scars
- Kaduna state police spokesman said they found around 100 students ‘in chains’
By Jack Newman and Sophie Tanno For Mailonline and Afp, 27 September 2019
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.
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
During the raid on the school, police said they found a ‘torture chamber’ where students were chained, hung and beaten
A man stands with chains on his ankles and wrists. Private Islamic schools are common in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, where government services are often lacking
‘They claim to be teaching us Quran and Islam, but they do a lot of things here. They subject the younger ones to homosexuality,’ victim Bello Hanza said
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.
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
Some of the 300 male students of ‘different nationalities’ sit on the floor in chains outside the school’s torture chamber in the Rigasa area of Kaduna in northern Nigeria
Many were found chained up and the detainees, mostly children, said they had been tortured, sexually abused, starved and prevented from leaving
The detainees, most of them young boys, emerged with scars on their bodies after police raided the building
The proprietor of the school and six staff were arrested during the raid but he insists he did nothing wrong
The proprietor of the school and six staff were arrested during the raid.
‘We found around 100 students including children as young as nine, in chains stuffed in a small room, all in the name of reforming them and making them responsible persons,’ Sabo said.
‘The victims were abused. Some of them said they were sodomised by their teachers.’
Bello Hamza, 42, told The Nigerian Tribune: ‘I have spent three months here with chains on my legs. I am supposed to be pursuing my Masters in University Pretoria South Africa. I got admission to study Applied Mathematics, but here I am chained.
‘They claim to be teaching us Quran and Islam, but they do a lot of things here. They subject the younger ones to homosexuality.
‘This is supposed to be an Islamic centre, but trying to run away from here attracts severe punishment; they tie people and hang them to the ceiling for that, but engaging in homosexuality attracts no punishment.’
He also said he has seen people die from the torture during his time there.
Police had been tipped off by complaints from local residents who became suspicious of what was happening inside the school.
During the raid on the school, police said they found a ‘torture chamber’ where students were chained, hung and beaten.
A look through the fence security wire reveals the inside of Daru Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria
Authorities said the freed captives will be given medical and psychological examinations
Police who raided the building said the detainees were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries
Sabo said the victims were of different nationalities and that ‘two of them said during interrogation they were brought by their parents from Burkina Faso’.
The identities of the rescued victims were being documented to determine where they came from and to contact their families.
Parents of some of the victims from within the city, contacted by police were ‘shocked and horrified’ when they saw the condition of their children, as they had no idea what was happening inside the school.
Parents were allowed to visit their children every three months, but only in select areas of the premises.
‘They were not allowed into the house to see what was happening… the children are only brought to them outside to meet them,’ Sabo said.
‘All they thought was their children are being taught the Koran and good manners as they looked subdued,’ he added.
The owner of the school said all they do is teach people Islam and said the allegations of torture and sexual assault are false,
Police said the detainees were kept in ‘the most debasing and inhuman conditions in the name of teaching them the Koran and reforming them’
Private Islamic schools are common in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, where government services are often lacking.
The owner of the school said all they do is teach people Islam and said the allegations of torture and sexual assault are false, despite acknowledging people were in chains.
He said: ‘They don’t do anything other than recitation of Qur’an, pray and worship God.
‘Those chained are the stubborn ones who attempt running away. Those who don’t attempt running away are not chained. Some were chained before and after settling down, they were freed.’
They were taken to a stadium to be looked after while police make attempts to find their families.
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