Operatives of Katsina Police command have uncovered and shut down another Islamic centre, where children are chained, beaten and inhumanely treated in the Sabon Garin Daura area of Katsina North.
The discovery of the centre came after some of the boys who had escaped embarked on a protest over allegations of violation of human rights at the centre.
There was also report that some of the children were said to have been sexually assaulted and abused.
Owned by one of the most famous and respected Islamic scholars in Daura, Bello Mai Almajirai, the centre is said to house people perceived to be outlaws from their parents and the society.
The escapees, numbering over 200, ran into the town, narrating how they were being maltreated, a development that sparked outrage in the community against the owner.
Briefing journalists at the center on Monday, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, told reporters that preliminary investigation revealed that Malam Bello had been running the center for about 40 years and later left it in the hands of his son, Umar Bello.
He told reporters that the children were beaten as some marks were seen in their body and lamented about the deteriorating situation at the center.
According to him, each of the six rooms accommodates over 40 inmates who were subjected to all forms of dehumanising conditions including being chained.