As the 147 inmates, including 22 females and five minors, rescued from Malam Nigga Rehabilitation Centre, Rigasa in Kaduna state undergo profiling, medical examination and treatment, the inmates have lamented the dehumanising condition and sexual abuse they suffered.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai had personally led a raid on the illegal rehabilitation centre in Rigasa, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state on Saturday, barely three weeks after a similar centre was discovered in the same Rigasa community and evacuated by police.
The inmates, most of whom were chained alleged that they were dehumanised, while the females complained of being severally abused sexually.
Speaking at the Hajj Camp, Mando, where they were given temporary shelter, one of the inmates, Hauwa Muhammad (22) a lady from Nasarawa, who admitted taking cocaine, said she was taken to the centre by her father 11 months ago for treatment.
She said instead of getting treatment, she was subjected to daily sexual abuse by one Hassan Sani Dauda, a son in-law to the Centre’s proprietor.
According to, “my parents brought me from Abuja 11 months ago. I was into drug, I used to take cocaine, that is why my father brought me here. But, instead of getting treatment, I have been sexually abused severally.
“I have been through horror, Malam Nigga’s son in-law, Hassan Sani Dauda raped us daily. If it not me, it is another lady. It was like a daily thing for him.
“We have reported him severally to Malam Nigga, but he never believed us. He also make us make love to ourselves, I mean lesbianism. For me, there is nothing like treatment there apart from beating us. They also put some leaves inside fire and cover us with blanket to inhale the smoke, that is all they call treatment.”
Asked whether she has been healed from drugs, Miss Muhammad said, “even if I don’t believe there was any treatment there, the sexual abuse I have been through in the hands of Hassan is enough for me to learn my lessons. Just because I will never want to experience such abuse, I will never go into drugs again.”
Another female inmate, Maryam Lawal (21) from Kaduna also alleged being sexually abused severally by the said Hassan. Maryam said, she was taken to the centre by her father because she used to go to her friends houses, but she was never into drug.
Ibrahim Musa, a graduate of software engineering from Borno state said he was brought to the centre seven weeks ago, but he had seen hell.
He said, “the proprietor was only interested in using the inmates for cheap labour. They engage inmates in domestic chores and production of furniture and other things, which the proprietor sells and make profit from”.
Kaduna state Commissioner for Social Development and Human Services, Hajiya Hafsat Mohammed Baba, told newsmen at the Mando Camp that the Governor himself led the raid on the centre due to news of dehumanization of inmates going on at the centre.
She confirmed that 147 inmates were rescued from the centre, adding that, they include two nationals of Cameroon and two citizens of Niger Republic. She however said that, profiling of the rescued inmates was ongoing, after which they will be reconciled with their families.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state police command has arrested the owner of the rehabilitation center, one Dr. Lawal Yusuf Muduru, otherwise known as Mallam Niga, for investigation and possible prosecution.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo said, the Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai led Police Operatives of the Command to the NIGAS Rehabilitation and Skills Acquisition Centre located at Rigasa Kaduna for an on-the-spot assessment where it was discovered that 147 inmates both male and female were found mostly in shackles.”
According to Sabo, during the raid, some of the inmates made certain allegations of maltreatment including sexual molestation particularly by the female inmates against some male inmates.
“The Police have arrested one Dr Lawal Yusuf Muduru a.k.a Malam Niga, the owner of the Centre to investigate him on the said allegations. He is currently helping investigation at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) of the Command.
“The Command is also investigating the authenticity and validity of the registration document the suspect claimed to possess. The Commissioner of Police, Ali AJI Janga has reiterated his commitment to fight all forms of crime and criminality in the state without fear or favour,” he said.