Nigeria police rescue 300 workers factory

first_imgFrom the end of March the men were allegedly not allowed to leave the mill in the northern city of Kano. Police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna said the plant had now been shut down and the owners were being investigated for “holding the men against their will.” ABUJA – Police in Nigeria have rescued 300 people they say were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown. The workers were promised an additional $13 a month on top of their $72 monthly salary – those who did not accept were threatened with the sack. Some of the men say were forced to work most of the time during their incarceration, with little food.center_img Five managers at the Indian-owned mill have been arrested. The men slept inside the warehouse for about three months and were not allowed out. HAMZA IBRAHIM PHOTO “We were allowed to rest for only a short time, no prayers were allowed, no family visits,” 28-year-old Hamza Ibrahim, one of those rescued, told the BBC’s Mansur Abubakar in Kano. (BBC)last_img