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team of investigative officers from the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, were yesterday, refused access to Wuye market in Abuja by policemen drafted to cordon-off the premises.
Meanwhile, the commission has directed the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Muhammad Mustafa, to appear before it today concerning a petition it received against him and other parties.
The investigation team led by the commission’s Director of Human Rights Monitoring, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, could not gain access to the market despite explanations that it was a fact finding one prompted by a petition brought to the NHRC by members of Wuye Market Traders Association.
Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, yesterday, received a petition from traders who alleged that authorities of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, dispossessed them of their shops despite giving them allocation papers and that in the process of protesting for their rights, they were manhandled by the police.
Not deterred by the obstruction to carry out its statutory responsibility, the investigation team proceeded to the Maitama Police Command where some of the arrested traders were detained.
The Area Commander, Mr. Abiodun Alamutu, who received the team, said there was a directive that nobody should access Wuye Market.
He admitted that 20 men and four women were detained and later the four women were released, while the men have been taken to court in Wuse.

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