Police Rescue Over 300 Workers Locked For Three Months In Kano’s Rice Factory [photos]

By 11:55 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 Comments

The Police in Kano have rescued over three hundred people locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

From the end of March the men were allegedly not allowed to leave the mill in the northern city of Kano.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The men said they were threatened with sack by the managers of the Indian-owned mill, Popular Farms.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Policemen stormed the factory on Monday after obtaining a court injunction, arresting four managers and releasing the detained workers.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The workers were promised an additional N5,000 a month on top of their N25,000 monthly salary – those who did not accept were threatened with the sack, reports BBC.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna said that the plant had now been shut down and the owners were being investigated for “holding the men against their will”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Some of the men said they were forced to work most of the time during their incarceration, with little food.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“We were allowed to rest for only a short time, no prayers were allowed, no family visits,” 28-year-old Hamza Ibrahim, one of those rescued, told the BBC.(Wapbaze_Copyright)



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