Perplexingly, some mothers of the 300 boys that were rescued from an Islamic school which allegedly tortured, chained and sexually assaulted them, have protested against the decision of the police to raid the school and put their kids in protective custody.
The parents of the boys, particularly the mothers have insisted that the allegations against the school were false and demanded the release of their children.
Recall that The Herald reported on Friday that 300 boys were found chained, tortured and sexually abused in am Islamic school in Kaduna.
The officers of the Police Command in Kaduna had said the school, rescued the boys and arrested seven teachers of the Islamic centre, including its proprietor, Mallam Ismaila Abubakar, who have insisted that all they did at the centre was the teaching of Islam.
According PUNCH report, the police said some of the victims were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries, adding that the students confessed to have been abused homosexually. Some of the boys were found in chains and some with scars all over their bodies.
“The man who is operating this home claimed that parents brought their children here for rehabilitation. But, from the look of things, this is not a rehabilitation centre. No reasonable parent will bring their children to this place,” the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, had said during the raid.
Regardless of the situation as reported by the police, some mothers have protested the raid, saying that the allegations were false.
One of the mothers, Maryam Fatika, whose four children attended the centre, said there was nothing wrong with the school and that non of her four children had mentioned any form of maltreatment.
Fatika said, “We are aware that they (children) are being punished whenever they do wrong because they are dangerous and stubborn children.
“There is nothing wrong with the school because we took our children there by ourselves. So, we don’t know why the police raided the place.”
Another woman, who identified herself as Mama Jibril, said her son who had spent six years at the centre was sent there because “Jibril was becoming a threat to the family.”
She said, “We took him to the Islamiyya school for rehabilitation and to God be the glory, he has changed.
“I visited him and I have never seen anything wrong going on in the school.
It is unsure what the actual cause of this protest is, whether the allegations are true or false as the mothers have said. However, the Police Command is committed to investigating the matter thoroughly.