The Police have uncovered another fake Islamic Centre housing 300 inmates in Nassarawa Quarters, Sabon Gari, Daura, the home town of President Buhari.
The discovery is barely two weeks after a similar discovery in Kaduna with chained inmates. Commissioner of Police Sanusi Buba said Malam Bello Islamic Centre subjected inmates to the most dehumanising and sordid condition on earth.
He took newsmen round and inside the building housing the centre on Monday afternoon in Daura.
According to him: ’’Our preliminary investigation revealed that Malam Bello, a former qur’anic teacher for close to 40 years, had been collecting Children from their parents on a veiled promise of rehabilitating them, unfortunately he does the opposite as nothing Islamic or moral teachings happens here.
‘’Unfortunately he chained the inmates both adult and children, drawn from across the various states of the country, with most others from Niger republic , Cote de Voir and several other African countries and clearly unbecoming of any rehabilitation centre.”
He said the police command was alerted when the inmates revolted and resorted to violent protests with about 200 of them fleeing with the assistance of neighbors on the streets. He announced the closure of the centre and arrest of Malam Bello and two of his assistants while admitting that other collaborators, including the teachers of the centre and Umar, the dreaded son of Malam Bello were still a large.
He also assured that all the suspects will be prosecuted at the end of investigations and after consulting the State Government and Emir of Daura. An inmate, Lawal Adamu, 33, from Niger Republic said each of the 6 cells at the centre hosts 80 inmates, all in chains and sparingly fed. He stated there was no toilet and place for bathing at the centre and nothing like praying except torture.