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259 Starving Slaves Rescued From Islamic Detention Dungeon At Oloore Central Mosque Ojoo Ibadan

259 Starving Slaves Rescued From Islamic Detention Dungeon At Oloore Central Mosque Ojoo Ibadan

By Yinka Adeniran

At least 259 have been evacuated from an illegal detention facility discovered by the Oyo state police command on Monday after a tip off.

5 suspects who are believed to be running the facility located at the Oloore Central Mosque, Ojoo axis of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city have also been arrested by the police.

In an operation led by the Oyo state Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukola, the suspects were said to have claimed of possessing spiritual powers to cure disobedience and change the anti-social behaviours of people, especially youngsters.

Speaking on what led to the discovery, the CP told reporters that he got a hint from a 17year old boy who claimed to have escaped from one of the facilities located at Apata area of the state, but which had been evacuated before the police team got there.

He added that the informant later told the police of the existence of another facility located at the Ojoo area, where hundreds of victims were rescued in an operation which lasted till late Monday evening.

The rescue operation was also witnessed by the state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mrs Faosat Sanni who represented the state government.

Olukolu said, “It is the responsibility of the Nigerian Police Force to protect lives and property. This morning, November 4, I received a call via a young man, who informed one of my divisional police officers that there is an illegal detention facility somewhere at Owode, Apata in Ibadan, being run by someone, who claimed to have the powers to be able to change the anti-social behaviours of youngsters and others.

“However, the young man said they were being maltreated, they were not being well-fed, they were being treated like slaves and they were engaged in forced labour, and sometimes their deaths were not reported to anybody.

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“On the basis of that information, the police decided check it out. We got to Owode, Apata. By the time we got there, they have evacuated that facility. But from the surroundings, we knew that there were people in that place earlier than the time we arrived.

“However, the young man informed the police that there is another detention facility and that is where we are now at Oloore, Ojoo area of Ibadan.

“Actually, when the police got here, we discovered that young men, young women are being kept in captivity in a dungeon-like situation. As a matter of fact, man’s inhumanity to man is being manifested in this environment. And we are not happy about the situation.

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“So, we got across to the state government and state government officials are around. They are here with a view of ensuring that some of these young men that are kept against their will are liberated and allowed to be in a position where they can talk to themselves and take care of themselves.

“Definitely, this area will be secured and the police will be able to do further investigation, further search and anyone at all, who is found culpable will definitely be arrested, investigated and prosecuted diligently to serve as a warning to others, who may want to operate such houses that serve as illegal detention centres.”

Responding on behalf of the government, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mrs Faosat Sanni said the government was alarmed on receiving the distress call of the existence of the facility in the state, adding that the government will take responsibilities for the medical treatment of the rescued victims and ensure that it gets to the root of the matter.

She said “Like you have rightly said, we got a distress call from our office, we came immediately and we saw everything. But be assured that the government is on top of the situation, we are making arrangement to evacuate some of them to the hospitals and some of them to our homes and you can see that there are different associations here that are given them first aid, food and water.

On what the government plans to do with the victims, especially on the involvement of the female detainees, Mrs Sanni said “I know, it is a very pathetic situation now, we cannot preempt now, but we will ensure that adequate care is given to the rescued victims, especially the children.

“The development is so saddening when we heard that some people, especially children are in detention and it was immediately that we responded. We must get first of all their numbers and we are taking them to the hospitals for better medical attention and free them from their present detention.”



  1. Pelumi Israel

    November 4, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Extreme hunger… see their rib bones

    • Fifelomo

      November 5, 2019 at 5:51 AM

      I tell you! May God have mercy.

  2. Mon

    November 5, 2019 at 4:49 AM

    Recently, so many as this have been discovered across Nigeria, the failure of government by not providing adequate healthcare or basic needs is one of the reasons people find themselves as prey to all these religious sad.
    What actually makes Nigeria giant of Africa if I may ask? population I guess, very shameful.

  3. Metu Nyetu

    November 5, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    WHEN I LOOK at what man does to his fellow man, I just realize that it is only the Spirit of God that can make man different from beasts. Just look how these men have been starved, and hunger has loudly pronounced its name on them! Who knows the many that must have died and buried in shallow graves before this discovery?


    November 5, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    God would have mercy who knows for how long this people have been missing.

  5. Amanda

    November 5, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Africans, their own worst enemies. African govt are essentially useless

  6. Jilo

    November 5, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Oh my Gawd! I can’t believe people can enslave fellow human beings and allow them to starve to death. Why some parents think about dumping their children at Madrasas and think they will feed them better than they can feed them? These young men are better off on adoption than enslaving them under Islamic tenets.

    To all Muslim clerics out there, is it by force to chain these young folks pretending you are educating them under the guise of religion without having the will to cater for their needs. This is nothing but wickedness, cruel punishment and unnecessary hardship on those young men. While you are well fed with all your Elehas, most of these guys are dying each day of malnutrition. Is this what your Quran thought you? let’s fear God whenever we call on his name.

    I think it is time for us to design a program that will guarantee free health care for all. The Countries that successfully do this are not special, they only set their priorities straight. We only understand how to steal our treasury and do not give a damn about others. The money our politicians are stealing is enough to establish good Healthcare program and Agriculture. We should not be hungry where there are enough resources to develop Agricultural program.

    It is very shameful seeing people go on starvation in the 21st century. Nigeria is full of unintelligent people who cannot solve little problem like combating hunger even some animals can provide good governance for themselves.

  7. Amanda

    November 12, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    I have just learned about this more in the last few days. Media contributed to the misconceptions on this issue. From all indications according to the evidences and testimonies from people who went through this same situation at the same center portray different view. Parents voluntarily brought thier stubborn useless kids to the madrasa. Some of them had involved in drugs prior to being brought. Saddest part was that their parents did not check on them for years.

    This place is registered with govt. Therefore it is govt’s fault. Religious places have been taking responsibilities of rehab centers like this for decades. This is something govt should be doing. Unfortunately these religious places, both christians and muslims have limited resources and have tried a lot on behalf of govt but govt is very useless.

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