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Hundreds of emaciated boys and men, some in chains, rescued in Nigeria

Lagos: Hundreds of boys and men have been rescued from a building in northern Nigeria where they had been beaten, starved, sexually assaulted and chained, police say.

Visible marks on their bodies showed that some had been tortured, police spokesman Yakubu Sabo in Kaduna State said on Friday, as shocked authorities tried to track down the families of what appeared to be some 400 victims. About 100 of the victims had been held in chains in its cramped basement, some for several months.

“The condition under which we found the victims was so dehumanising, many of them were chained,” Sabo said.

Police carried out the rescue on Thursday following a tip-off. It was not immediately clear what led to police being contacted, or how such a vast scope of alleged abuses managed to go unnoticed.

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