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Police bust illegal rehab centre in Ibadan, rescue 400

Some of the 400 inmates rescued by the police from an alleged rehabilitation centre around Ojoo area of Ibadan in Oyo State

The Oyo State Police Command on Monday rescued over 400 persons who were held in a building around Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The state Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, who led the team of police officers to the centre in Ibadan, said a 17-year-old escapee from a similar facility tipped-off the police.

The commissioner said the escapee mentioned Olore mosque in Ojoo, as a facility used in holding the victims.

Olukolu said; “the young man said they were being maltreated, they were not well-fed, they were being treated like slaves and they were engaged in forced labour, and sometime deaths of people there are not reported to anybody.

“On the basis of that information, the police decided to check it out. We got to Owode, Apata. By the time we got there, they had evacuated that facility. But from the surroundings, we knew that they were people in that place earlier than the time we arrived.

“However, the young man informed the police that there is another detention facility and that is where we are now at Oloore, Ojoo area of Ibadan.

“Actually, when the police got here, we discovered that young men, young women are being kept in captivity in a dungeon-like situation. As a matter of fact, man’s inhumanity to man is being manifested in this environment and we are not happy about the situation.

“So, we got across to the state government and state government officials are around. They are here with a view to ensuring that some of these young men that are kept against their will are liberated and allowed to be in a position where they can talk to themselves and take care of themselves.

“Definitely, this area will be secured and the police will be able to do further investigation, further search and anyone at all, who is found culpable will definitely be arrested, investigated and prosecuted diligently to serve as a warning to others, who may want to operate such houses that serve as illegal detention centres.”

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