Police rescue over 600 workers locked for 3 months in Kano rice factory

The police in Kano have rescued over 600 workers who were locked up in a rice factory in the state for about 3 months, over fear of bringing in coronavirus.

The workers said that they were threatened with their jobs if they opted to go home to see their families.

Members of the Kano police command stormed the factory on Monday after obtaining a court injunction, arresting four managers and releasing the detained workers.

According to the workers, they were denied access outside the premises of the factory due to the fear of bringing COVID-19 into the factory.

One of the freed workers told journalists that he has been in the factory since March 23rd without setting his foot outside.

Another worker, Haruna Salihu, said he had been in the factory since March 28 and was denied time to visit his family and parents. “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.

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