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Traders vow to sue exco over N50,000 levy

By  Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—TRADERS at the Building Materials International Market, Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State,  have threatened legal action against the leadership of the market, for allegedly forcing them to pay N50,000 every week for the expansion of the market.

In a petition to the state Commissioner of Police and copied to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Markets and Parks,  by Mr. Pat Ezenwa,  of Justice Vanguard of Nigeria, the traders said that it was illegal for their leaders to make such demands because they have no right of ownership to the decked stalls.

According to the petition, the traders moved to their present site six years ago and it was agreed that each trader should own top of his shop and would be free to develop it when he decides, adding that even as some people have completed their shops, the new leaders were asking them to pay the development levy of N50,000 every week.

He said that if the executive wished to develop the market, apparently to speed up the process or to ensure uniformity, it should either give an estimated cost for each shop to the members to enable them build, or give the traders a time frame for the completion of the shops if time was of essence.

“We intend to use all legitimate means to stop this fraud, which shall include legal action and a petition to the EFCC. We are directing this petition to you, believing that you shall not allow your men to be used to perpetrate this huge fraud. We learnt that the executives dropped your name as backing this fraud and we know you can never be part of it.

It is either the usual name dropping by fraudulent Nigerians or someone under you is being used,” Ezenwa stated.


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