The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have busted two illegal rehabilitation centres, and arrested five operators during the operation.
in Kaduna State.
The sting operation was carried out by operatives of the NSCDC on Tuesday morning in the ancient city of Zaria.
The facilities discovered are Limanchi Iya and Marmara Rehabilitation Centres.
During the operation, the security operatives rescued 11 people who were in chains, including an 11-year-old boy.
The NSCDC Deputy Commandant in Kaduna, Aloysius Nnegha, informed reporters that three people died in one of the centres while in custody.
He added that many of the victims suffer from acute malnutrition as a result of the dehumanised condition they were subjected to.
According to Nnegha, the two illegal rehabilitation centres were raided following credible intelligence information received on the operations of such illegal rehabilitation centres in Zaria.
He also revealed that five operators of the centre were arrested during the operation.
Following the operation, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mrs Hadiza Balarabe, visited the NSCDC office in the state where the victims and the suspects were taken into custody.