The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has ordered the demolition of an illegal detention centre in the Ojoo area of Ibadan, the state capital where 259 detainees were rescued on Monday.
Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday when he visited the Olore Central Mosque where the building is located.
“We have marked the entire structure for demolition; we have here people from the state ministries of lands and urban planning, health and justice. The government will do everything that is humanly possible to ensure that this kind of thing is stamped out in our environment,” Makinde said.
The Governor also visited the temporary resettlement camp where the freed persons are being rehabilitated. He revealed that 22 of the victims were receiving attention at the Adeoyo Hospital as a result of their critical conditions.
Makinde also assured the victims that the perpetrators will be prosecuted.
Shina Olukolu, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, said young men and women were subjected to inhumane treatment at the detention centre which was raided after a tip-off by an informant. Nine suspects, including the owner of the centre, have been arrested.