Almost 500 men and young men have been safeguarded from a structure in the northern city of Kaduna, where the prisoners were purportedly explicitly mishandled and tormented, Nigerian police said.

Youngsters as youthful as five were among those in chains at what was believed to be an Islamic school, officials said.

Kaduna police boss Ali Janga told the BBC the structure was assaulted after a tip-off about suspicious action.

He portrayed it as a “place of torment” and a position of human bondage.

Eight suspects, the majority of them instructors, were captured. The police boss said the prisoners – some with wounds and kept from nourishment – were excited to be liberated.

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The prisoners said they had been tormented, explicitly mishandled, starved and kept from leaving – at times for quite a long while.

“I have gone through a quarter of a year here with chains on my legs,” Bell Hamza purportedly revealed to Nigerian media.

“This should be an Islamic focus, yet attempting to flee from here draws in extreme discipline; they tie individuals and drape them to the roof for that.”

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A portion of the prisoners had unmistakable wounds

A portion of the youngsters told police that their relatives had taken them there, accepting the structure to be a Koranic school.

Two of the youngsters liberated by police said their folks had sent them from Burkina Faso. Police accept the rest are generally from northern Nigeria.

Islamic schools are prominent in the locale yet there have for quite some time been claims of maltreatment in certain schools, and of understudies compelled to ask for cash in the city.

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A sign written in Hausa outside the structure considers it the “Ahmad container Hambal Center for Islamic Teachings”

One parent disclosed to Reuters news office that they didn’t have a clue about their youngsters would confront “this sort of cruel condition”.

The hostages are protecting at a camp where their families are landing to distinguish them. Hafsat Muhammad Baba of the Kaduna state government told the BBC the legislature will keep on giving restorative consideration to the men and young men.

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