Inmates rescued by the Kwara State Police Command on Thursday have narrated their ordeal in an illegal rehabilitation centre in Ilorin, the state capital.
Concise News reports that the police rescued 108 inmates living in inhuman conditions in the centre named Sumuratu Mumeen Arabic Centre, Gaa-Odota Area in Ilorin.
The centre held in its confines 103 males and five females with ages ranging between twelve and forty, several of whom were chained.
The victims looked malnourished and unkempt, allegedly as a result of being denied food for days.
The State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun said the command acted on intelligence surveillance and raided the centre.
Egbetokun said: “Some of the victims were observed to be have some forms of infections and diseases and were not treated while some others were mentally ill.
“Some of them during interview claim they were brought to the centre by their parents”
He said an investigation was ongoing and that the police command would take care of the victims until their parents come to fetch them.
One of the female victims rescued, Olaide Arikewuyo alleged that she had been sexually abused by the uncle of the owner of the facility.
She described her experience as horrific, and asked the government to ensure the closure of such centers across the country.
“I am living with the owner of the centre in their apartment and the uncle used to have carnal knowledge of me every night.
“Since I have nobody to turn to and it is not easy to escape from there, I have been abused by five men. In the process, I got impregnated and had three abortions. I just thank God that the police came to my rescue,” she said.
Another rescued victim, Waliyu Ali, said his parents brought him there because he was addicted to Indian Hemp.
He added that his parents believed that the place was a rehabilitation centre and that he would stop smoking Indian Hemp after spending some months there.
Also recounting his ordeal, Abdulazeez Korede, said: “my parents brought me there because I am a drug addict and they want to stop me from taking hard drug.
“But to my surprise, I was chained and beaten up mercilessly and taken underground where other guys like me were kept when my parents left.
“I was kept in a dungeon for four months where there was no sunlight or window and no proper food.”
Another inmate, Tope Owonifari, told reporters that he was taken there because he was troublesome and used to smoke cigarette.
He added that despite the founder collecting N15,000 monthly food allowance from his parents, “I was not given proper meal”.
“The owner of the centre charged my parents N200, 000 for the treatment and I have spent four days here which is like four years to me,” he added.