The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has uncovered two illegal rehabilitation centres in Kaduna State.
The illegal facilities known as Limanchi Iya and Marmara Rehabilitation Centres were discovered on Tuesday morning in Zaria.
Rescued during the operation were 11 people who were in chains, including an 11-year-old boy.
NSCDC Deputy Commandant in Kaduna, Aloysius Nnegha, said that three people died in one of the centres while in custody.
He added that many of the victims suffer from acute malnutrition as a result of the dehumanised condition they were subjected to.
This comes amid a wave of a clampdown on illegal rehabilitation centres in Kaduna.
Mr Nnegha said five operators of the centre were arrested during the operation.
Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe, visited the NSCDC office in the state where the victims and the suspects were taken into custody.
Prior to the recent discoveries, the Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Saturday led a team of policemen on an impromptu visit to Malam Niga’s rehabilitation Centre at Rigasa Community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State where one hundred and forty-seven men, women and children were rescued and taken into protective custody by the Kaduna State government.
This is the second time that the police in collaboration with the state government would be busting such centres in same Rigassa where over three hundred persons were rescued from different degrees of torture and chains one month ago.
The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo who confirmed the incidence to Vanguard said further investigations will be carried out and the owner of the centre who is police custody will be further quizzed. According to Yakubu Sabo, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, the governor, el-Rufai “led the police to the rehabilitation centre to find out what was happening.
“The centre claimed that it was certified to rehabilitate train people in skills acquisition. The owner said they were brought by their parents to undergo rehabilitation as a result of drug abuse or other forms of mental sickness. we will investigate and find out why the people were chained.
“The owner has been arrested and the children have been taken to hajj camp by the state governor for medical checks and eventual reunion with their parents,” he said. Among those rescued were twenty females, four foreigners from Cameron and Niger Republics and three underaged children.