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Africa Subsaharan
Highlighting Nigeria's abusive 'Islamic schools' challenge
2019-10-18
[AFRICANEWS] Nigeria’s government is under pressure to take urgent action against schools that are abusing children in the name of religion.

Over the last one month, police have conducted three raids on Islamic schools in the northern part of the country, where men and boys were chained to walls, molested and beaten, according to police sources.

The total number of people who have been freed from abusive conditions in these schools is nearly topping 1000.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who in June this year, said Islamic schools called Almajiris, would eventually be banned, is now under pressure to act.

THE POLICE RAIDS
Last month, more than 300 boys and men were rescued in a raid on a building in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna. The two-storey house had a sign in Arabic at the entrance declaring itself "House of Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal for the Application of Islamic Teachings".

This week on Monday, a police raid on school in the Daura area of Katsina, Buhari’s hometown, freed nearly 300 boys and med. Police said they discovered "inhuman and degrading treatment".

On Wednesday, police freed about 500 men and boys in yet another raid on an Islamic school in northern Nigeria. Sources from the operation mounted by Katsina police and federal police from Abuja, told Rooters that not all of the 500 students had been mistreated.

GOVERNMENT REACTION
Islamic schools, called Almajiris, are common in the mostly Moslem north of Nigeria. Moslem Rights Concern, a local organization, estimates about 10 million children attend them.

"Mr. President has directed the police to disband all such centres and all the inmates be handed over to their parents," a presidential front man said on Tuesday.

"The government cannot allow centres where people, male and female, are maltreated in the name of religion," he said.

Over the 3 raids, police have arrested at least 16 people including the proprietors and staff at these facilities.

Police is also working to reunite the freed members with their families, while many were taken to hospital for treatment.

"The inmates are actually from different parts of the country ‐ Kano, Taraba, Adamawa and Plateau States," police superintendent Isah Gambo told Rooters.

"Some of them are not even Nigerians. They come from Niger, Chad and even Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
and other countries."
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Almajiris: 2019-10-16 Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools after second raid
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