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More than 300 people, mostly children, found chained in northern Nigeria

Time of article published Sep 27, 2019

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Kaduna - Nigerian police rescued more

than 300 people, mostly children, being held in chains in a

building in the northern city of Kaduna, a police spokesman said

on Friday.

Many of the children had metal chains around their ankles,

police said. The spokesman said the building housed an Islamic

school and seven people have been arrested.

"The state government is currently providing food to the

children who are between the ages of five and above," said

Yakubu Sabo, the Kaduna police spokesman.

"We have identified two of the children to have come from

Burkina Faso, while most of them were brought by their parents

from across mostly northern Nigerian states," he added.

He said those arrested were teachers at the school.

Islamic schools, known as Almajiris, are common across the

mostly Muslim north of Nigeria - a country which is roughly

evenly split between followers of Christianity and Islam. 

Reuters

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