From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Over 1000 distraught Abuja traders have appealed to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) to quickly stop the Inspector General of Police and Urban Shelter Limited from carrying out any construction work in furtherance of the planned remodeling of the Area 7 shopping complex that was illegally demolished in violation of subsisting court order.
The appeal is coming on the heals of a fresh order of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, restraining the defendants particularly Urban Shelter Limited from going ahead with any allocation of shops to any person either in the form of reservation of temporary shop space for both verified and non-verified operators in the form of permanent shops to be built at the Area 7 shopping complex.
Justice O.I. Adeleja in a fresh interim order dated August 24, 2023, restrained the Inspector General of Police (listed as the 6th defendant), from further providing official protection to Urban Shelter Limited (5th defendant), or any other person carrying on any construction work and or doing anything in furtherance of the planned remodelling of the Area 7 shopping complex, Garki Abuja.
Others listed in the motion No: FCT/HC/M/12457/2023 are the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory; Federal Capital Development Authority; Abuja Markets Management Limited; Abuja Investment Company Limited and Obinna Okolie.
In a letter addressed to the AGF by the law firm of Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), the traders Chronicled their plight in the hands of the defendants…
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