Nigerian authorities have been cracking down on illegally run Islamic conformist schools that have been known to chain, beat, rape, and starve their students, most of whom are male.
The recent busts have seen more than 1,000 students and detainees released.
The schools, known as Almajiris, are used by parents for Islamic education, rehabilitation, and discipline.
“Mr. President has directed the police to disband all such centers and all the inmates be handed over to their parents,” a presidential spokesman told the media. “The government cannot allow centers where people, male and female, are maltreated in the name of religion.”