COVID-19: Kano Govt, Police Boss to Appear in Court over the Shutdown of Tiamin Rice Mill
The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Kano State Government and Inspector General of Police to appear before it on Monday April 27 to show cause why they should not be ordered to unseal the Tiamin Rice Mill located in Kano.
The Kano State on a controversial allegation of ‘air pollution that aggravates Coronavirus patients’ shut down Tiamin Rice, a leading rice mill in Kano, which produces 320 metric tonnes of rice daily, and has 223 workers on its payroll and additional over 100 casual staff.
Justice Okon Abang issued the order in Abuja while ruling in an exparte application filed by the three applicants Tiamin Rice Limited, Tiamin Multi Services Global Ltd and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim challenging the alleged unlawful suspension of operation of the rice mill.
The company through their Chief Adeboyega Awomolo had filed the exparte application praying Justice Abang to issue an interim order to compel the four respondents to vacate the premises of the company with immediate effect and allow them to resume operation.
The four respondents are: The Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police Kano State, Government of kano State and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Awomolo while arguing the exparte application urged the court to order the four respondents, their agent or privies to allow the applicant access their company and resume operation.
However, Justice Abang in his bench ruling, ordered that the exparte application should be converted motion on notice so as to allow the four respondents to appear before the court to show cause why the reliefs sought by the company should be granted.
Justice Abang said that it neat and better for the court to hear from the four applicants before granting the prayers of the company.
The Judge, therefore, ordered the company to serve all court process on the respondents.
Meanwhile, the two parties are expected to appear in the court on Monday, April 27, 2020.
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