The Adamawa Police Command have rescued 15 persons from an illegal rehabilitation centre in Yola, North-west Nigeria.
Concise News reports that the Deputy Spokesman of the State command, Suleiman Nguroje, made this known to reporters on Wednesday.
Nguroje said most of the victims were adults within the age bracket of 22 and 46 years, while two of the rescued persons were teenagers.
The deputy spokesman said the police arrested a man and his three sons for operating the illegal rehabilitation home.
Nguroje said some of the victims were found in harsh conditions and had spent the past year in dehumanising conditions, adding that investigation had commenced on the activities of the four suspects.
He said: “They were being chained, humiliated, victimised, subjected to unnecessary torture. They were in chains for 24 hours without feeding and medication.”
This news medium had reported that 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.
The NSCDC Deputy Commandant in Kaduna, Aloysius Nnegha, told reporters that three people died in one of the torture centres while in custody.
Nnegha said the sting operation was carried at Limanchi Iya and Marmara centres in the ancient city of Zaria on Tuesday morning.
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.