Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe, speaks to rescued victims at the NSCDC office. (Image credit: Channels TV)

Eleven persons have rescued by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) during a raid of two illegal rehabilitation centres in Kaduna State.

Concise News reports that the sting operation was carried at Limanchi Iya and Marmara centres in the ancient city of Zaria on Tuesday morning.

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The NSCDC Deputy Commandant in Kaduna, Aloysius Nnegha, told reporters that three people died in one of the torture centres while in custody.

He added that many of the victims, including an 11-year-old boy, suffer from acute malnutrition as a result of the dehumanised condition they were subjected to.

According to Nnegha, the two illegal rehabilitation centres were raided following credible intelligence information received on the operations of such illegal rehabilitation centres in Zaria.

He also revealed that five operators of the centre were arrested during the operation.

Following the operation, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe, visited the NSCDC office in the state where the victims and the suspects were taken into custody.

The illegal centres were uncovered barely one month after security operatives raided two other facilities, both located in Rigasa, an agrarian community in Igabi Local Government Area of the state