Traders under the auspices of Garki Model Market Informal Sector Association have made a passionate appeal to the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammadu Bello over the planned demolition of informal sector and illegal extortion by the market managers, Abuja Market Management Limited (AMML).
The traders numbering about 2000 had staged a peaceful protest over moves by the managers to illegally resell their shops at the informal sector.
The aggrieved traders commenced the protest inside the informal sector of the market before marching down to the Federal Capital Territory Development (FCDA) Secretariat to seek audience with the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello.
They carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘AMML Obey Court Orders; AMML We Are Nigerians, Stop Abusing Our Right; AMML Is Not Above The Law; FCT Minister, Save Garki Traders From AMML Fraud; Trader’s, Say No To Illegal Construction In The Market’ and among others.
LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that AMML is currently constructing new shops in front at the extreme end of informal sector, above high tension cable and sewage line.
Speaking to newsmen, Counsel to the aggrieved traders, Barr. Victor Giwa noted that the traders bought the shops legally in 2002 from AsoTindoz management, the original owners of the market saying that it was impossible for AMML to demolish the sector.
Source : Leadership