A woman rescued, among 107 others, by the police in Kwara state from yet another horrible rehabilitation centre has spoken about how she was raped daily by the uncle of the operator of the centre.
The woman identified as Olaide Arikewuyo said she had spent five years in the centre and alleged that she had been sexually abused by the uncle of the owner of the facility.
“I am living with the owner of the centre in their apartment and the uncle used to have carnal knowledge of me every night. Since I have nobody to turn to and it is not easy to escape from there, I have been abused by five men. In the process, I got impregnated and had three abortions. I just thank God that the police came to my rescue,” she said.
The Kwara State Police Command on Thursday, October 24th said they uncovered the rehabilitation centre, named Sumuratu Mumeen Arabic Centre, Gaa-Odota Area in Ilorin. The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun said the command acted on intelligence surveillance and raided the centre where 103 males and five females were discovered unlawfully detained in the centre.
“Some of the victims were observed to have some forms of infections and diseases and were not treated while some others were mentally ill. Some of them during interview claim they were brought to the centre by their parents,” said the CP.
He said investigation was ongoing and that the police command would take care of the victims until their parents come to fetch them. One of the victims, Waliyu Ali, said his parents brought him there because he was addicted to Indian Hemp. He added that his parents believed that the place was a rehabilitation centre and that he would stop smoking Indian Hemp after spending some months there.
Another victim, Abdulazeez Korede, said “my parents brought me there because I am a drug addict and they want to stop me from taking hard drug. But to my surprise, I was chained and beaten up mercilessly and taken underground where other guys like me were kept when my parents left. I was kept in a dungeon for four months where there was no sunlight or window and no proper food.”