Traders protest lock up of shops at Wuye mar­ket

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah & Olayemi Jonh-Mensah

Traders on Tues­day staged a peace­ful protest over al­leged con­tin­ued lock down of their shops at the Wuye Ul­tra­Mod­ern Mar­ket in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT).

The traders, who num­bered over 1,000 protested un­der the As­so­ci­a­tion of Wuye Mod­ern Mar­ket Al­lo­tees (AWUMMA), dis­play­ing dif­fer­ent plac­ards and ac­cus­ing the de­vel­op­ers of the mar­ket of deny­ing them of their al­lot­ments.

A pro­tester, Mrs Uche Uzodimma, said though the traders paid to ac­quire shops at the mar­ket, they have been de­prived from hav­ing ac­cess to them.

She said they were the orig­i­nal al­lot­tees, and were given orig­i­nal pa­pers to the shops, but have been frus­trated by the con­tin­ued lock up of the mar­ket.

Another pro­tester, Ab­dul­lahi Shuaibu, also said most of the traders paid for shops at the mar­ket since 2008, and that they were sub­se­quently pre­sented with the keys to their shops af­ter the mar­ket pro­ject was com­pleted in 2013.

He lamented how­ever that since then most of the al­lot­tees have not had ac­cess to the shops they paid for.

A mem­ber of the Wuye mar­ket en­force­ment com­mit­tee, Michael Ndu, said what is hap­pen­ing was out­right dis­re­gard for the rule of law, de­pri­va­tion, op­pres­sion, in­tim­i­da­tion, cor­rup­tion and hu­mil­i­a­tion of the masses.

“Af­ter sev­eral ap­peals, the devel­oper did not lis­ten to us and we went to court and a land­mark judg­ment was de­liv­ered on April 20th 2015 for the shops to be given to us but we were de­nied ac­cess to the mar­ket,” he said.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with City News dur­ing the protest, a lawyer to the devel­oper, Bar­ris­ter Lekan Ogunl­eye, said the de­fen­dant has gone to court to seek for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on a court judg­ment of April 20, 2015, which di­rected plain­tiffs to pay a statu­tory or rent fee.

Photo Onyekachukwu Obi

Some of the al­lot­tees protest over the in­abil­ity of de­vel­op­ers of the Wuye Ul­tra-Mod­ern Mar­ket to al­low them ac­cess to their shops on Tues­day.

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