No fewer than 70 children have been freed from captivtiy after the miltary police raided a house owned by the head of an islamic school in Cameroon. The children were met in a pitiable state as many of them were suffering from hunger and disease.
The owner of house in the northern town of Ngaoundere has been arrested.
Some of them had spent three years in chains and had scars inflicted from beatings, officers told local media.
The arrested man denies any wrongdoing, saying parents willingly sent their children to his “correctional centre”.
The Koranic school master is also reported to have married two young girls who were imprisoned in the house.
The military police, known as gendarmes, say all the children are now free and are being given medical help before they being reunited with their families.
Reports have it that the raid followed a tip-off given to the gendarmes.
A few adults were amongst the captives, including one man whose relative allegedly wanted to be rid of him because of an inheritance dispute, he says.,