The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has finally reopened the premises of TIAMIN RICE Mill in Kano State, 18 days after a Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered the unsealing of the factory.
Recall that on April 18, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had ordered the closure of the rice factory for emitting fumes that allegedly aggravates the condition of COVID-19 patients at isolation centers in the state.
The state government’s action prompted the management of the company which is located along Zaria Road to file a lawsuit at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Okon E. Abang, on April 4, had ordered the IGP and three other defendants in the suit to immediately reopen the factory to allow it continue its operations.
Acting on the IGP’s order, DAILY NIGERIAN observed that the Nigerian police had unsealed the factory on Thursday, 18 days after the court order.
Addressing newsmen at the premises of the factory, lawyer to the TIAMIN RICE, Saidu Tudunwada, confirmed the unsealing of the company, disclosing that operations had already resumed.
While expressing appreciation to the IGP, Mr Tudunwada described the development as “a milestone and victory for democracy and the rule of law”, especially the “concerted effort in upholding the rule of law against the executive lawlessness arbitrariness” in the state.
Some of the workers in the factory who spoke with the DAILY NIGERIAN correspondent expressed happiness for the reopening of the company, revealing that they had suffered economic hardship after the month-long closure.
Jamilu Ibrahim, who is a staff of the company, said he suffered an untold hardship due to the closure of the company.
According to him, as a father of four, he had to force himself into begging in order to fend for his family.
“I swear to God I had to turn a beggar because I don’t have work to do. This is the only work I depend on and the place of work was shut down. I had to be dodging my children because I don’t have the food to give them.
“We took a while to eat only Garri, even in this Ramadan period because I am no longer working.
“But, today is one of the happiest days to me. I pray to Allah not to see this situation again. I am very happy and pray that this factory will never be closed again,” he said.
Another worker, Suleiman Sa’id, expressed his excitement, saying that Allah had answered his prayers for the reopening of the factory.
“Now we are excited to continue our lawful business with vigor and zeal because our prayers have been answered. We suffered a lot but now everything will be over,” he said.