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Six teachers of an Islamic centre in Kaduna where about 300 persons, including children, were rescued in Rigasa in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state has been ordered remanded in prison custody.

A Kaduna State Magistrate’s Court gave the order on Monday when the suspects were arraigned in court on charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful confinement, cruety to persons and engaging in unnatural act.

It would be recalled that the police had raided the centre on September 27 and unchained the 300 detainees.

According to the police, some of those rescued were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.

Some of the male detainees were said to have been sexually abused.

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On Monday, six teachers at the centre, Ismail Abubakar, Umar Abubakar, Abdul’azeez Adam, Abubakar Muktar, Abdullahi Auwal and Salisu Ibrahim, were arraigned.

The police prosecutor, Hassan Malan, who read out the First Information Report to the court, said investigation was still ongoing.

The defence counsel, Sani Surajo, argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to take the plea of his clients, noting that they were only in court for cognisance.

Surajo also tried to convince the court to to allow the defendants to remain in the custody of the police since investigation was ongoing, but was rejected by the police prosecutor, saying that police facility was overstretched.

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