By EKENE AGBOR, Osogbo
Men of the Osun state Police have discovered a strange camp in Iwo town of the state where some people said to be suffering from mental illness were kept in a dehumanising manner.
Following a tip from residents of the community where the strange camp is located, the police men led by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mrs Folasade Odoro, besieged the area and rescued 26 persons from the camp.
Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on Sunday, the State Police Commissioner, Mr Olafimihan Adeoye, explained that the rescued persons were dehumanised under the disguise of receiving treatment for mental illnesses.
The police boss revealed that three out of the 26 victims died after being rescued.
He further said that four persons were arrested in connection with the strange mental home camp.
The CP who noted that other victims had been taken to undisclosed hospitals in the state for medical attention.
According yo Adeoye, “At about 4pm on Thursday, we received information of the existence of a camp in Iwo, where some sick persons were been treated in a very dehumanized manner.
“And it was as a result of the information, that we contacted the necessary agencies of government to join us to visit the place.
“So far, we have arrested four persons and they are undergoing interrogation.
“About 26 persons were found in the camp and have been taken to hospital for necessary medical care.
“We also discovered that two of them have passed on just yesterday (Saturday). I have just been informed that when conveying them to the hospital, another one gave up the ghost.
“So, we now have three of them that are dead. But, we hope that further investigation will reveal some other things”.
Adeoye, said the police would investigate the matter with a view to ascertaining those who were behind the strange home and their culpability.
He added that, “For now, the state government has taken up the responsibility to ensure that the rescued people are effectively taken care of”
However, the suspected owner of the camp, Kamrdeen Akanmu, claimed that the camp was a spiritual healing centre for people who are mentally challenged.
From Akanmu’s account, which he gave in Yoruba language, some of the victims in the camp had died and buried in the camp with the consent of the family.