President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian police to clamp down on all illegal rehabilitation centres across the country.
The president gave the order after the Kaduna State Police Command raided a rehabilitation Centre at Rigasa community in Igabi area of the state.
Concise News had reported that I47 inmates were rescued by the police which comprises 125 males and 22 females, among who four were foreigners.
Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu noted that the president said his administration would not tolerate criminality and human rights abuse such as the enslavement of children in fake rehabilitation centres.
Buhari commended the police for busting what he described as fake correctional centres in Kaduna, as well as in Katsina and Kano states.
He told the police not relent in their efforts to bust all illegal correctional facilities across the country.
Buhari appealed to the citizens to remain vigilant and assist the security agencies in crime prevention and control by reporting criminal activities in their communities.
“Reacting to the incidents and arrests, President Buhari notes that such arrests are in line with his commitment to human rights and dignity of the citizens, regardless of their age, religion and ethnicity,” a statement from Shehu read.
“President Buhari will not support criminality under any guise, including the abduction of children and selling them off illegally. On torture chambers, in this day and age, no responsible democratic government would tolerate the existence of the torture chambers and physical abuses of inmates in the name of rehabilitation of the victims.
“The President, therefore, lauds the efforts of the police in exposing these human rights abuses by individuals and criminal groups and is optimistic that these efforts will be sustained to check illegal activities of this nature.”