The Kano State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the rescue of over 600 labourers who were compelled to stay for three months in a rice mill for fear of COVID-19.
The workers of a Popular Farm Rice, in the Challawa Industrial Area of the state were allegedly denied exit out of the company for fear of possibly contacting the dreaded virus at home and bringing it to work.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna revealed that the police stormed the factory on Monday after obtaining a court injunction.
The police spokesperson said four management staff of the mill had been arrested.
He said, “We found many workers locked up and enslaved in the factory. The Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter.”
The workers were initially asked to stay back at work for two weeks without going to their respective homes after which they were asked to stay for another two weeks only to end up spending over three months without seeing their families and not properly fed.