In Nigeria, the police have released more than 300 tortured and abused boys from a Koranic school. Following evidence from local residents, security forces raided the school in the northern Nigerian town of Kaduna and spotted victims, some of them minors, as police spokesman Yakubu Sabo said. "The victims were abused, and some of them claimed to have been raped by their teachers," Sabo said.
The boys were detained on the pretext of being taught and "reformed" in the Koran. In fact, the charges were recorded by their teachers under "most degrading and inhuman conditions," Sabo said. About a hundred students, including children at the age of nine, were chained in a small room.
The Koran school was reported to have been around for about ten years. Residents warned the authorities about repeated irregularities in the facility. The parents were shocked to learn about the conditions in the Koran school, Sabo said. They had no idea of the suffering of their children. The operator and six employees were arrested according to police.
In the predominantly Muslim north of Nigeria there are many private madrasas. They replace the often deficient state institutions. People in the region suffer frequent attacks by armed gangs. According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 40,000 people fled across the border into neighboring Niger over the past ten months.