By usman shuaibu
Traders in Dei-Dei building materials market in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday staged p a peaceful protest, to stop the Abuja Investment Company (AIC) as well as Abuja Market management limited from demolishing their shops in the market.
The traders under the umbrella, Dei-dei Building Materials Dealers Association embarked on the peaceful demonstration, after the AIC officials visited the market, demanding for the original land allocation papers to them by Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).
Speaking on behalf of the traders during the protest, the chairman Association Comrade Anthony Chukwuneke, said that the letter of allocation of resettlement was offered to the association before the building of the market since 1996.
Chukwuneke, who explained that the plots were allocated to individual traders in the market, maintained that traders in the market have their genuine allocation papers.
He however disclosed that already a good number of shops were earmarked for demolition in the market, while urging the FCT Administration to stop the move to demolish any structure in the market.
Similarly, chairman of the Board of Trustee in the market, Dr. Wasiu Tunwase, who is also the Otunba of Yoruba in the FCT, appealed to the minster of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed and the leadership of the National Assembly to as matter of urgency intervene on the matter.