On Monday in Kastina state, Police arrested the owner of a 40-year old rehabilitation centre in Daura with over 300 inmates were being inhumanly and degradingly treatment. Some of the teachers were also said to have sexually molested the inmates at the centre owned by Mallam Bello Maialmajri.
The 78-year-old cleric was arrested alongside two other men, whose names were not disclosed. Just last month, the police in Kaduna State rescued over 300 boys from an Islamic school, where they were allegedly chained, sexually abused and tortured.
The Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, who led the operation at about 1pm, expressed shock at the new discovery. The centre is located at Nasarawa Quarters, in the Sabongari area of Daura. Buba said there were six rooms in the facility and each of the rooms accommodated over 40 inmates who were dehumanised.
After inspecting the rehabilitation centre, Buba ordered the Daura Divisional Police Officer, ASP M.O.Wakili, cordon off the centre. The CP stated, that they learnt that the inmates there were over 300. The inmates revolted on Sunday because of the inhuman treatment they were being subjected to. Some of the inmates escaped while about 60 stayed back.
These inmates are from various parts of Nigeria, including Katsina, as well as from Niger Republic. He said he will meet with the Emir of Daura and Governor Aminu Masari on the issue. They will do the profiling of the remaining inmates to determine where they are from and then thereafter appeal to their parents and their guardians to come and collect them.
He added that, “As the inmates have explained that apart from being subjected to inhuman treatment, some of their so-called teachers practised homosexual acts with them. Although the teachers escaped when the police got there after the inmates revolted, he promised that they will all be apprehended and they would face the full wrath of the law.
He made it obvious that the Owner of the establishment who is over 78 year-old didn’t have the capability to maintain the facilities again. It was learnt that Maialmajri had already handed the running of the centre to his son, Umar, who reportedly escaped when police arrived.
One of the inmates, Abubakar Saminu,16, from Yobe State said his parents brought him to the centre because he was always stealing. He said, his parents brought him here because they believed he would be cured of my stealing problem. But they would beat, starve and subject them to inhuman treatment there.
The Emir of Daura, Dr . Umar Farouq, who spoke in Hausa, said, They in Daura will not support any act of lawlessness. And that they want the law to take its course.