By James Ameh
ABUJA---The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, is to hear the motion filed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, challenging the judgement which ordered the Kano State government to unseal the Tiamin Rice processing factory in the state. The court presided over by JusticevOkon Abag made this known Thursday.
Abang said the motion would be heard even as the firm had accused both the Kano State government, the IGP and the state Police of allegedly working together to frustrate the enforcement of the court order in its favour.
The court had in its judgment on May 4, faulted the sealing of the firm by the Kano state government on the ground that it was too close to a COVID-19 isolation center.
Justice Abang declared the closure of the factory, without a valid court order, illegal adding that it violated the rights of the applicants based on the exemption accorded food production companies by the Federal Government.
The Judge stressed that Kano State government which was listed as a defendant in the matter, failed to file any process to adduce reasons why it should not be re-opened and dered that it should be unsealed. He also, awarded N300, 000 costs against the defendants in favour of Tiamin Rice Ltd, Tiamin Multi Services Global and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim.
But, the IGP and the Commissioner of Police in Kano state, in their fresh motion now before Abang urged the court to either stay the execution or vacate the judgement, as the lockdown announced by the Federal Government prevented them from participating in the hearing of the case.
Meanwhile, the applicants also filed counter-affidavit quering the interest of the IGP and the Kano Police Commissioner in seeking to frustrate the execution of the judgment even as the issue did not affect them directly, saying that the motion was an abuse of the court's process.
According to the rice firm, some employees were still trapped within the sealed facility
"They have shown inhuman treatment to innocent employees of the judgment creditors trapped in the facility since 18th April 2020.
"The judgment debtors do not care even for the lives and welfare of staff for these innocent trapped and locked up in the factory premises,” they stated through their Counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.
Responding to the request by Counsel to the IGP and state police commissioner, Mr. Celestine Odo, for a short time to respond to the counter-affidavit, Justice Abang adjourned the matter till May 27 for hearing.