The Osun Police Command has rescued 26 persons from what it described as ‘a strange mental home’ in Iwo area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olafimihan Adeoye, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Osogbo, weekend.
He said the victims were dehumanised under the guise of receiving treatment for mental illness, adding that four persons connected with the home had been arrested
Adeoye, who said that the 26 victims had been taken to hospital, said that three of them had died.
He said: “At about 4p.m. on Thursday, we received information of the existence of a camp in Iwo, where some sick persons were being treated in a dehumanised manner. On receiving the information, we contacted the necessary agencies of government to join us to visit the place and arrested four persons, who are currently undergoing interrogation.
“About 26 fellows were found in the camp and had been taken to the hospital for necessary medical care. We also discovered that two of them passed on yesterday; I have just been informed that while conveying them to the hospital, another one gave up the ghost.”
The suspected owner of the camp, Kamardeen Akanmu, claimed that the it was a spiritual healing centre for mentally-challenged persons.
He said that some of the victims had died and were buried in the camp with their families’ consent.