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Islamic teacher who keeps over 500 almajiri girls and boys together inside mud house arrested

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Kaduna state government has arrested Islamic teacher who allegedly keeps over 500 boys and girls as almajiri in Zaria.

This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Human Development and Social Services, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.

She gave the name of the teacher as Aliyu Maikwari ‎from Dakingari town in Kebbi State but residing in Zaria.

“When I was told, I couldn’t believe it until I saw the pictures. Young girls not more than 8-10 year old and were mixed up with these boys and he lives in Zaria.

“We were able to evacuate 327 out of the 500 children in the house‎ because he was so stubborn we had to use Operation Yaki to arrest him.

“We also understand that he gives out these girls for marriage so he is in Kaduna now under investigation. Ministry of Justice will also continue from there,” she said.

The commissioner wondered how the malam will keep girls as almajiri, adding that “this is disturbing, unislamic and what is he teaching them? Accommodating girls and boys and he doesn’t even have a dormitory to separate them.”

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