Kwara Police rescue 108 from illegal rehab centre
The police in Kwara State on Thursday paraded the 108 children and women rescued from an illegal rehabilitation center.
The Command said it rescued the victims from Gaa’Odota, in Ilorin West Local Government Area.
The victims claimed that their parents paid between one hundred and two hundred thousand naira to be rehabilitated at the centre but instead of being treated they were tortured and dehumanized.
Commissioner of Police Kayode Egbetokun said the Command acted on an intelligence report on the activities of the owner of the illegal centre.
He said men of the command raided the centre and discovered that some of the inmates had been there for over five years.
Egbetokun explained that most of them had been kept in an unhygienic condition, adding, many others had been afflicted with diseases without treatment.
He also noted that some of the inhabitants of the centre were chained and looked malnourished.
The police chief maintained that the command would carry out more surveillance to uncover such centres in other parts of the state.
He promised to get in touch with the relations of some of the victims to facilitate their reunion with members of their families.
Owner of the centre Abdulraheem Owotutu, a blind septuagenarian said those found at the centre were brought by their relatives for treatment. He promised to help the police with information on how to contact their families and said he has been in business since 1977.