In a shocking raid in Nigeria, children and young boys have been rescued from an Islamic school, where parents had supposedly sent their boys to be reformed.
Children belong to various countries had been kept chained and had tire rims hanging by their restraints so that they could not run. These children were discovered by the local police in Kaduna, the state capital of Kaduna State in north-western Nigeria, on the Kaduna River.
The Kaduna State Command of the Police has raided an Islamic school located in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state. They have reportedly freed some 300 male children in the process, whose mothers are now protesting against them being put into Police protective custody.
Apparently, they are siding with the school’s administrators and feel there is nothing wrong in how their boys are being handled. It is confirmed that the children and young boys belong to Burkina Faso, Mali, and other African countries. These students have confessed that they were being sexually abused and brutally beaten up.
Marks of whipping and physical abuse could be seen on most of these children who were subdued and looked as if they had become accustomed to the physical assault and sexual misconduct.
The Police has been successful in arresting seven teachers of this Islamic center, including its proprietor, Mallam Ismaila Abubakar, who insisted all they did at the center was the teaching of Islam.
The Islamic schools, known as Almajiris, are common across the mostly Muslim north of Nigeria. There have been many instances where children have been sent to such schools on the pretext of cleansing or because the parents could not afford their education.
Nigeria is currently evenly split between followers of Christianity and Islam, where the Muslim population is petrified of their children following the Christian way of things. For them, sending their children outside to study is considered blasphemy against their religion.
The whipping, sexual abuse, and starvation are considered by the school and parents rightful way of cleansing their wards off Western Christian influence.
Earlier in the year, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had acknowledged the misgivings of the schools and had plans of shutting them down. But in June, Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu in a media statement had said: “Any necessary ban on Almajiri would follow due process and consultation with relevant authorities.”
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