Federal Capital Territory, FCT Police command has denied allegations that it disobeyed court order restraining it to intervene in the crises rocking Wuye district ultra modern market in the seat of power.
Instead, the police said they acted in the interest of peace and to forestall any breakdown of order at the market, following the protest that erupted between the stakeholders of the market.
According to a statement issued yesterday, the FCT Police Command spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, the commissioner of police, Muhammed Mustafa only directed the stakeholders of the market to allow peace to reign and to allow groups involved in the crises to go about their lawful businesses, as well as see to the re-opening of the said market for the economic good of all the parties.
ASP Manzah stressed that the Command’s intervention was to restore peace and forestall the breakdown of law and order in the market and that the Command did not act in disobedience to any court order as there is no court order received by the Command, stopping the Police from intervening in the market to maintain peace, law and order.
The statement said the attention of the Commissioner of Police, FCT has been drawn to a campaign of calumny sponsored in the media by a group called Association of Wuye Ultra-Modern Market Allottees, AWUMMA, to cast aspersion on the effort of FCT Police Command to ensure sustainable peace, law and order in Wuye Ultra-Modern Market and other areas in the FCT.
He said, “Contrary to the misleading information spread by the group about the Command, the FCT Police Command intervention in the crisis between the stakeholders of the market was to allow peace to reign and to allow groups involved in the crises to go about their lawful businesses and see to the re-opening of the said market for the economic good of all the parties.
“The Command is conscious of the disagreement between the factions in the market that can lead to breach of the peace, and that is why the Commissioner of Police FCT on Saturday 30th July, 2016 held a meeting with all stakeholders at the Command Headquarters; which was attended by the Developer, FCDA market Managers, Abuja Investment Company and the allotees. However, AWUMMA neither attended the meeting nor did they deem it fit to send a representative.
“Suffice it to say that the Police had initially partially allowed AWUMMA into the market but when the clear facts emerged after theSaturday stakeholders meeting, the 1250 true occupants certified by the Developer, FCDA market Managers, Abuja Investment Company and the allotees, the true allotees with authentic documents were allowed into the market.
He said despite the position of Association of Wuye Ultra-Modern Market Allottees, the Command will not be deterred from carrying out its statutory responsibility of maintaining law and order throughout the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“Members of the Association are advised that the doors of the Command are wide open to meet with them. They are enjoined to prevail on their members not to take laws into their hands as the Command will not tolerate any act by any person or group of persons which can cause breakdown of law and order in the FCT.


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