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Traders protest against Wuse market sell-off, Wike petition

At the Wuse Market in Abuja, vendors and shop owners are furious over the controversial sale of premium stalls and shops.

This comes after the Abuja Investment and Property Development Company (AIPDC) served eviction notices on residents of the shop.

In a bid to stop the sale, the affected businessmen have now petitioned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, asking for immediate action.

The businessmen claim that prices for the companies have been arbitrarily increased to N60 million per store, an amount they find unbearable.

The move was initiated by the latest group director of the AIPDC without consultation with Abuja Market Management Limited (AMML), according to investigations conducted by the intelligence agency of the Global Information Team (GIT).

The AMML is generally the sole entity responsible for managing the markets in the Federal Capital Territory.

The head of the GIT intelligence desk, Anabel Crown, emphasized that the activities of the AIPDC leadership almost destroyed the credibility of the AMML.

She implored Minister Wike, who had just ended an AMML crisis, to intervene and give the AMML the authority to oversee the Wuse market in the future.

The traders claimed that, at a time when the market was relatively stable, the eviction notice and sale came as an unexpected surprise.

They fear the new owners will significantly increase the store's prices after they take over the business.

The FCT Minister, FCT Government, National Human Rights Commission and EFCC have all received applications from the traders. They remain confident that the government will intervene and ensure that justice is done.

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