President Mohammadu Buhari has commended the police for the discovery and subsequent rescue of four hundred men and boys in a building in Kaduna where detainees were allegedly abused and tortured
In a statement obtained through verified facebook of the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu said the horrific hub and arrest of suspected operators of the unedifying so-called institution remains telling, whilst commending the police for their discovery, saying the president outrightly condemns right abuses whether of adults or of children
‘‘We are glad that Muslim authorities have dismissed the notion of the embarrassing and horrifying spectacle as Islamic School.
He said, President Buhari holds the view that children will be safeguarded from roaming the streets and protected from all evil influences that assail idle hands and idle minds, when they are sent to school.
‘Shehu said when the President Buhari inaugurated the National Economic Council for the year 2019/2023 at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, he warned that keeping children away from school is a criminal offence.
‘‘He also stressed the need to take seriously and enforce the statutory provisions on free and compulsory basic education, citing Section 18(3) of 1999 Constitution as amended, which he says places on all of us ( public leaders and political office holders ) an obligation to eradicate illiteracy and provide free and compulsory education.
‘‘He added that “Section 2 of the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act provides that every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age.
“It is indeed a crime, he stressed, for any parent to keep his child out of school for this period.
Shehu said the government at the centre has introduced a number of programmes, including the school feeding programme which is now in 32 states in the country, with 9.8 million children in its roll to encourage school enrolment and enhance the health and learning capabilities of pupils, State and local governments are obliged under the law to ensure that every child of school age goes to school throughout the crucial nine years of basic education.
Meanwhile the Kaduna state police command said it had handed over to the state government 300 inmates rescued in a rehabilitation centre at rigassa to the state government
The command's public relation officer Dsp Yakubu Sabo told journalists that over 300 inmates were handed over to the Kaduna state government on Friday for a reunion with their families
He, however, said that seven suspects earlier arrested were being investigated.
The PPRO defended the police raid on the centre, saying it was based on reports of torture and abuse
He said the schools in question have no license to operate as well. The agencies of government that are supposed to supervise them are not put into consideration. As far as we know, they have not tendered any document to show that they were licensed, he added
“The school is concurrently running both educational and correctional programmes which are supposed to be different institutions with different licenses.
“If you have a licence to offer a correctional program, that in itself does not give you a right to offer an educational program, the pro added.