OYOGist.com has learned that Mohammad Adamu the Inspector General of Police has ordered the re-opening of Tiamin Rice Limited in Kano as directed by Federal high court, Abuja. It will be recalled that Kano state government had issued a closure notice through the state ministry of environment on Saturday, 18th of April, 2020, alleging that the fumes emitting from Tiamin premises is aggravating the health condition of Coronavirus patients who are in Kwanar Dawakin Isolation centre.
The management of Tiamin Rice Limited (The plaintiff) had joined the IGP, Kano state Commissioner of Police, Kano state Government and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the suit held on 4th, May, 2020, seeking for a legal redress before Justice Okon E. Abang.
Justice Okon E. Abang held that the state government acted against the fundamental right of the company and overruled the Kano State Closurenotice issued to Tiamin Rice Limited. As a result of the judgment, the Kano State IGP Mohammad Adamu has ordered the re-opening of Tiamin Rice Limited to resume full operation.
Justice Okon E. Abang also granted all the reliefs sought by Tiamin Rice Limited and ordered that the Inspector General of Police, his officers, command in Kano state, agent, privies and anyone taking instructions from the state Inspector General of Police, will immediately take possession and equally grant access to the applicants for the purpose of continuing their lawful business since there is no subsisting order of court sealing the company.
Saidu Muhammad Tudunwada while addressing journalists during a special prayer session held on Friday at the Tiamin Rice premises for the purpose of re-opening the company, appalued the IGP for upholding the rule of law against what he called executive lawlessness and arbitrariness.
He said that he believed that the judgment will complement the brave efforts for sustaining local production of rice which is what the federal government is fronting. Barr. Tudunwada noted that the courts equally deserve some praise for being the last hope of a common man and for unwavering commitment to the rule of law and justice.
“For there to be a smooth running of government under a democratic dispensation like ours, there must be reverence for the judiciary as an institution with full legal clothing from the constitution and other statutory enactments made pursuant thereof.”
He added that disrespecting the orders and judgment of a court is definitely not good for the rule of law and to democratic process.