Allottees of shops at Wuye market Abuja under the umbrella of Association of Wuye Ultra Modern Market Allottees has called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration and FCT police command to respect the court order by allowing them to gain access into their business premises.
In a press conference organized by the Association in Abuja recently, the allottees maintained that despite the Federal High court judgment on April 29, 2015, which gave them the right to use and enjoy the shops, the market is still under lock and keys.
They alleged that the Nigerian police that suppose to be enforcers of the law are now being used as an instrument to obstruct the judgment of a court as they are currently doing at Wuye market.
When Nigerian Pilot visited the market, it is still under lock with armed policemen manning the gate. However, their presence did not prevent the traders who are protesting to show their anger over the matter.
Speaking to journalist at the market, the Chairman Association of Wuye Ultra Modern Market Allottees, Mr. Ifeanyi Ezejim said that they are protesting because the police are obstructing them from doing their business, adding that they have written letters to Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, to tell them the amount they should pay as statutory fee, but they have not gotten any reply.
“We are protesting because this market belongs to us, we went to court on 29th April and judgment was given in our favour and we came to this market and start our business. We are protesting today because it is the police that are blocking us from doing our business. We have gone there, our goods are there but the police came and push us out. So I do not know why the police is blocking us from doing our business because I believe this is a court judgment, the court has pronounced that we should go in and enjoy and do our business.
“We ask FCDA to give us the statutory fee let us pay and continue our business. Since then we have been waiting for them to give us statutory fee and nobody did. We have paid some money before, but we are talking about the statutory fee which the court said. This is what we have been asking for since, and my people are peaceful, they are law abiding citizens if not, something wrong would have happen here today”, he said.


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