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Open Tiami Rice Now or Else – Federal High Court

The federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Kano State Government, Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to forthwith, jointly and unconditionally unseal the rice mill factory belonging to Tiami Rice Limited given that they legally and are rightful owners of the property or face contempt of court.

This was contained in the ruling delivered by Justice O.E Abang dated 5/5/2020 on suit No: FHC/A BJ/CS/448/2020 Between; 1. Tiami Rice Ltd, 2)Tiami Multi Services Global Ltd, 3)Alhaji Aliyu Ali Ibrahim (Applicants) and 1) IGP, 2)CP, Kano State, 3) Government of Kano State, 4) Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (Respondents).

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The presiding Judge, Justice Abang in his ruling directed the opening and unfettered access to the applicant’s factory situated on C14, AA, Shehu House, Amana city, Zaria Road, Kano.

On the enrolment of the judgment order upon the Court having already heard A. A . Awolowo (SAN) AND THE COURT being satisfied that the respondents have been duly served with all courts processes and the court Order directing them to appear before the court on 27th April 2020 and they failed to appear before the court and offered no reason for being absent in court.

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“AND THE COURT having considered that the Respondents failed to avail themselves of the opportunity offered them to be heard before a decision is taken on the Applicant’s suit.

“AND THE COURT having also considered the matter on the merit, delivered its judgment in open court today the 4/5/2020. Its reasoning and conclusions are as contained in the body of the judgment.

“AND THE COURT having considered that it is deserving to grant the Applicant’s reliefs as contained in the Originating Motion on Notice dated 20/4/2020 and also make consequential Order in order to give effect to the principal reliefs granted by the court.”, is said.

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