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Police free 259 people held captive in Ibadan

This follows a clampdown on such illegal rehabilitation centres which had led to the release of more than 1,000 people within the last few weeks.


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Ibadan city

The police have released 259 people held against their will at an Islamic rehabilitation centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Oyo state police spokesman Fadeyi Olugbenga said on Tuesday that the release of the captives followed a raid of the facility on Monday by the police.

“Yesterday, 259 persons were released,” he said, adding that they were locked in a building and some were chained.

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He said nine people including the owner had been arrested and were under investigation.

This follows a clampdown on such illegal rehabilitation centres which had led to the release of more than 1,000 people within the last few weeks.

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