Closed Madrassa has been on UK’s radar, says official

Sophie Njoka and Harrison Kivisu @PeopleDailyKe

An investigator of the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency has disclosed that plans to raid a Madrassa in Likoni where 95 children were rescued began two months ago when his government learnt of an alleged child trafficking syndicate in the country.

Kelvin Lay said the UK government had been monitoring the Al Madrasatul Falan Madrassa, believed to be involved child trafficking. Lay who is a mentor at the Kenyan Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit in Nairobi did not, however, disclose the nationalities of the children at the Madrassa.

He, however, dismissed rumours that the Madrassa was involved in radicalisation and terror-related activities even as it emerged that the institution had been ordered temporarily closed by the government. “This operation was entirely based on child trafficking and child abuse, the rumour about radicalisation and terrorism is not true,” said Lay.

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