Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola and State Cp Olafimihan Adeoye

By Victor Ernest with agency report

Police in Osun state say they have rescued 26 persons from what they described as ‘strange mental home’ in Iwo area of the state.

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The Commissioner of Police (CP), Olafimihan Adeoye, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo.

He said the victims were dehumanised under the guise of receiving treatment for mental illness, adding that four persons connected with the home had been arrested

The CP, who said that the 26 victims had been taken to hospital for medical attention, said that three of them had died.

Acted on tip-off

He explained further that the force received a tip-off at about 4pm on Thursday of an existence of a camp in Iwo where some sick persons were being treated in a dehumanised manner.

According to the CP, when the command received the information, it contacted necessary agencies of government to join its men in the operation which led to the arrest of four persons who are currently undergoing interrogation.

The CP said the police would investigate the matter with a view of determining the culpability of those involved in setting up the camp.

”For now, the state government has taken up the responsibility to ensure that those rescued are effectively taken care of,” he said

A spiritual centre

The suspected owner of the camp, Kamardeen Akanmu, claimed the camp was a spiritual healing centre for mentally challenged persons.

Akanmu, who spoke in Yoruba language, said that some of the victims had died and buried in the camp with the consent of their families.