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Two Nigerian clerics charged after starving pupils found shackled

ABUJA, Nigeria – Two Nigerian clerics have been charged authorities following recent raids on private Islamic schools where men and young boys were being subjected to physical abuse and rights violations, according to police in northern Nigeria.

Of the clerics is said to be operating a similar facility in President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown of Daura in Katsina state.

The two men have been charged with multiple counts, including running illegal detention centers, torture, and abuse, Nigerian police say.

In September this year, Nigerian police raided another Islamic school, in Kaduna state, where nearly 500 boys and men were found in bad condition- many of them tie in chains.

Eye-witnesses and local authorities say the facilities in question are the last recourse for some families, mainly poor people, whose children have committed petty crimes or are addicted to drugs.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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