The wife of the immediate past governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam narrowly escaped death by stoning in Abuja, on Sunday, October 18, following an attack by traders.
Yemisi Suswam was held hostage for hours by some traders who accused her of conniving with the authorities of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) in extorting money from them and denying them access to the shops they duly paid for.
Investigations reveal that the traders in question had made payments for shops at the Wuye ultra modern market, but were denied access to their shops.
Chief Ifeanyi Ezejim, the chairman of association of Wuye ultra modern market allottees said, the traders paid various amounts of money ranging from N2,000 to N8,000 as allocation fee to the FCDA.
According to Ezejim, the protest was informed by the order of an Abuja High Court, which had asked the FCDA to declare the statutory fees for the shops, an order which was not carried out by the FCDA.
The chairman charged the FCDA authorities to give the traders the statutory fees which would allow them pay and move into their shops as to begin business in earnest.