No fewer than 200 inmates were rescued on Monday as personnel of the Oyo State Police Command uncovered an illegal rehabilitation centre at Olore Central Mosque in Ojo area of Ibadan.
Addressing journalists on Monday in Ibadan , the Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu, said that the illegal centre was discovered following a tip off by an informant.
Olukolu said that young men and women were found at the centre who had been subjected to inhuman treatment.
He said that five persons suspected to be connected with the Islamic centre were arrested, adding that the police would secure the facility and conduct further investigations.
The commissioner of police said that those involved would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Alhaja Faosat Sanni, said the state would relocate the victims to a safer place and those with health challenges would be taken to the hospital.
Narrating his ordeal, one of the ‘’patients’’ Bashir Olanrewaju, said he had been at the centre since July 14, 2015.
Olarenwaju said he was brought to the centre by his parent because he was an Indian hemp smoker.
He said that inmates were subjected to different inhuman treatments at the centre.
According to him, some inmates died while being tortured and their bodies taken to unknown location where they were buried without informing their parents.
Another victim, Mutiu Amuda, said the owner of the centre has sexual intercourse with some of the ladies held there.
Amuda said that some of ladies that got impregnated in the process aborted the pregnancy to prevent their parents from knowing.
Another victim, Tiwalade Rofiat, said she was brought to the centre by her parents because she was troublesome .
The owner of the mosque and rehabilitation centre, Alfa Ismail Olore, said the parents of those found at the centre brought them to him to heal them of their “illnesses.’’
Olore said that some of parents even instructed him to chain the wards brought to the centre, but he only used Quran recitation to cure their illnesses.