The rescued children had been chained, tortured, and sexually abused.
Rabat – One of the young men abused at a raided “Islamic school” in Nigeria has described the experience he and his companions lived as “hellfire.”
Security services in Nigeria freed dozens of male students from an “Islamic school” on Thursday, September 26, in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.
Nigerian local media reported that the children had been subject to physical abuse and sexual assault.
One of the survivors, named Isa Ibrahim, said living in the school as “living in hellfire.”
He told the BBC, “If you are praying they will beat you. If you are studying they will beat you.” He said that his family sent him to the place to correct his behavior.
“I have many injuries. Almost all parts of my body have injuries,” he said. “Even if you are sleeping – they’ll use [a] cane to wake you up.”
Police arrested seven people during the raid, including teachers.
The BBC reported that security services will also investigate other schools suspected of similar behaviors.
The male students, the majority of whom were children, were found chained and allegedly tortured.
Photos of the children posted online show bruises on the backs of some students.
Police spokesman Yakubu Sabo told AFP that the victims, both adults and minors, were held captive in “the most debasing and inhumane conditions in the name of teaching them the Koran.”
Sabo added that they rescued around “100 students including children as young as nine in chains stuffed in a small room all in the name of reforming them and making them responsible persons.”