- Over 600 people trapped inside a rice factory have been rescued through the efforts of the Kano state police command
- The factory workers were freed three months after they were trapped in the premises of the "rice firm" amid Covid-19
- Workers who spoke with journalists after the rescue operation said they were denied access to their family members and threatened with job loss
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The Kano state police command has successfully rescued over 600 workers trapped inside a popular rice factory in Challawa industrial area of the commercial state.
Premium Times reports that the police operatives stormed the factory on Monday, June 22, after obtaining a court order following a tip-off, with four managers of the factory arrested in the process.
The workers, who said they were threatened by their employers, were rescued after three months of being denied access to their family members amid Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the workers whose name was not given said he has been in the factory since Monday, March 23, without seeing the sky over the fear of the Covid-19.
“Our family members are seriously disturbed, as they don’t know the (condition we are in). My wife and my kids used to come to the factory’s gate and I couldn’t go and meet them," another worker with the name Haruna Salihu disclosed.
“We were tricked to stay in the factory for five days, then (it was) extended to seven days, then two weeks and subsequently extended to one month. We are now detained for over three months. There are about 600 workers in the factory. We are sleeping in a very poor environment. I am appealing to authorities to allow me to go back to my family.”
Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, police spokesperson in Kano state, said further investigations are ongoing.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that what could have turned out to be a tragedy was prevented on Monday, June 15, as an overly frustrated resident of Lagos state was prevented from jumping into the Third Mainland Bridge lagoon.
The man, whose identity was not revealed, was said to have made attempt to take his life on Monday afternoon after getting tired of life.
He was, however, overpowered and rescued by the swift move of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command.
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