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Nigeria Police Arrest 20 Over Illegal Torture Camp

Nigerian police said Thursday they had arrested 20 members of a local vigilante group that was detaining people in a torture camp near Lagos and forcing them to pay as much as $157 to be freed. “They were holding nine people in wooden boxes which they called coolers, when we arrested them on a tip-off,” police spokesman Emmanuel Ighodalo said. The suspects, including three women, were being questioned and would be charged soon. Police said the vigilantes seized people on false charges and held them for weeks in crates at a camp in Agege, a Lagos suburb. Some victims had been subjected to daily torture. Full Story

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