The Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Associations and Islamic clerics have said that the rehabilitation centres from where security agencies rescued youths recently in the region have nothing in common with Islam or the legacy of Sir Ahmadu Bello and other notable leaders. While the Northern Youth group argued that the drug-related rehabilitation centres had nothing to do with the region or people as it was common everywhere, Muslim clerics distanced Islam from the menace, saying the religion discourages torture and sexual harassment of people.
In the space of one month, a total of 818 persons, suspected to have been sexually harassed and physically tortured were discovered as inmates in rehabilitation centres, which claimed to be Islamic, in the northwestern part of the country.First, Kaduna Police rescued three hundred persons chained together in Rigasa, Igabi council of the state. The 300 persons, including minors and a PhD holder, were rescued following a raid on the home allegedly used as an Islamic Centre.
Subsequently, news of another illegal rehabilitation centre in Katsina state, where 360 persons were physically abused filtered through. According to reports, more than 200 out of the 360 persons detained in the facility in Daura, Katsina State, escaped after their revolt against homosexual abuse and other forms of inhuman treatment meted out by their minders.