Wuye market shops allocation crisis lingers

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By Veronica Dariya

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya of FCT High Court, Kubwa, has adjourned until June 7 hearing in a suit filed by some traders against FCT Minister over allocation of shops at the Wuye Ultra Modern Market.

The traders had go to the court because they were denied allocation of shops at the market.

Ogbonnaya adjourned the case to enable the plaintiffs’ counsel to amend his motion to include two names- Mary John and Ndubuisi Ekwere, as witnesses in the suit.

The fresh suit which was filed in December 2016 by their counsel, Sepiribo Peters, is seeking a declaration that the plaintiffs are entitled to occupy and use the shops allocated to them at the Wuye Ultra Modern Market.

They are also seeking for an order, directing the defendants to pay each plaintiff N500 million, as compensation and exemplary damages for illegal and unlawful denial of access to the shops.

The plaintiffs claimed that they were formally at Wuse Central Market, and were given letters of provisional offer of shops and spaces by the defendants in 2001.

The amount they paid ranged from N2,000, N8,000 and N12,000, depending on the shop’s category.

The plaintiffs claimed they were later denied the allocation, which led to an earlier suit CV/ 440/12, filed before Justice O.A. Musa of the FCT High Court, Apo in 2015.

At the resumed hearing, counsel to the plaintiffs, asked for short adjournment, to enable him include two more names.

Mrs Regina Ofondu, counsel to the defendants did not oppose the application for adjournment. (NAN)

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