The Kaduna State Government reunited one hundred and forty children rescued from an Islamic school in Rigasa, with their parents, yesterday.
The Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development in the state, Hafsat Baba, stated that the state initially took custody of about three hundred of the children and the remaining victims include seventy-seven children and one hundred and thirteen adults were taken to a secured facility at the Mando Hajj Camp in the state capital.
Baba further noted that the motive is for proper identification before uniting them with their families, adding that the victims were rescued and brought to Ranchers Bees Stadium and stayed there overnight.
The Commissioner added that upon the handing over of the victims by the Police Command in the state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai ordered the ministry to provide succor for them.
Baba commended officials of the Nigeria Police, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and media practitioners for the various roles they played in the rescue exercise.
Speaking with the BBC, one of the victims who survived the torture said living in the school was like “living in hellfire”.