Muslims in Oyo State underneath the umbrella of Muslim Group of Oyo State (MUSCOYS), have warned Governor Seyi Makinde of the state in opposition to any try and demolish Olore Central Mosque and Rehabilitation Centre positioned at Ojoo space of Ibadan, the state capital.
DAILY POST remembers that Police within the state had final week raided the rehabilitation centre and rescued over 2 hundred folks within the centre over alleged maltreatment.
A day after the raid, Makinde throughout a go to to the centre and the Mosque ordered the demolition of the middle and the Mosque.
However the Muslims within the state have warned the Governor in opposition to any try and demolish the middle and the Mosque.
Chairman of MUSCOYS, Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni, whereas talking on the raid insisted that the centre has been there for over 50 years and it’s registered with the federal government as a rehabilitation centre, opposite to the claims by the Police and the state authorities, that it was working illegally.
Sanni stated, “I can’t speak for Kaduna. I don’t stay in Kaduna. I don’t know what has occurred there. However for Olore, that place has been there for over 50 years and it’s registered with the federal government as a rehabilitation centre. It’s potential they [owners of the centre] have been just a little ruthless or crude in the way in which they deal with the inmates however one factor is evident: there’s not a single individual in that place that was not introduced there both by the mother and father or the guardians.
“It’s once they [children] go haywire of their behavioural patterns – whether or not they change into drug addicts, armed robbers, space boys or no matter – and the mother and father are usually not comfy that they’re delivered to that Olore rehabilitation centre.
Sanni, whereas talking additional maintained that it’s the mother and father of the inmates that introduced their wayward youngsters to the centre for rehabilitation and never that the operators choose them on the streets as claimed by some people who’ve commented on the problem.
“If the federal government, or the police, does an intensive investigation, they will discover that even there are non-Muslims introduced in there by their mother and father. And loads of them, after staying for a while there, change into refined, you realize, good members of the society. A few of them [people who had been inmates at the centre] are actually medical docs, pharmacists, engineers and so forth and so forth. Even when want be, one can level to them. And a few persons are even making preparations to return collectively as alumni and do a press convention to indicate that they have been reformed at that place.
“I’m not saying that perhaps they haven’t gone into extra in the way in which they [the inmates] are being handled ‘inhumanly’, however for the federal government or the police to go to the extent of claiming they’d demolish the home of Olore, which is an element and parcel of the rehabilitation centre, I feel, it’s going too far and I’m positive it will not go down effectively with the Muslim group. They’ve completely different sections there.
“A few of these girls and boys are very violent and they also [the operators of the centre] must go the additional mile to chain them with the intention to get the rehabilitation finished. They usually do loads of religious actions by way of praying for them and the remainder of it in order that they may get them to change into good and patriotic residents of the nation. A few of them, like I’ve informed you, have change into by way of method; they’ve made success tales of their lives. So, I don’t suppose they need to throw away the infant and the bathwater. It’s a completely different state of affairs from the place they are saying they [the inmates] are being raped and whatnots. That place is an actual rehabilitation centre that’s utilizing the Islamic contact.
“There may be sure issues which might be inhuman and that form of stuff however, so the federal government ought to simply are available and ensure that they reorient them in order that the excesses which might be being dedicated, I’m not too positive, I’ve not been there, would be corrected. However the difficulty of claiming the federal government will demolish or eradicate that centre, I don’t suppose, is in the most effective curiosity of the society at giant. These inmates will say something as a result of they don’t need to be there. It is sort of a jail yard, and anyone who’s in jail, if he has a approach of escaping would escape. So, they’ll say all types of issues that they’re being maltreated however it’s a actual rehabilitation and reformation centre so far as the Muslim group is worried. That’s our place.
“That’s the reason I stated they may have been too crude in taking good care of them [the inmates] and people are the excesses that ought to be corrected and to not fully annihilate that construction and the entire concept of the rehabilitation centre.
“I need to add that the mother and father [of the inmates] pay. If you happen to take your wards there, it’s important to pay for them to be fed. There ought to be an actual investigation of what’s going on there [at the centre]. The federal government shouldn’t take a harsh choice. That place additionally homes the wives and youngsters of the proprietor of the place.
“I have seen the photographs of some of the inmates that look over haggard. These are the corrections they need to do. We all know that even policemen, when they catch criminals, they do some torturing in order to get information or get them to admit to what they have done. And that is exactly what I say; that there are some of the inmates that are very violent and part of the reformation is to also treat them harshly so that they can behave”.