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NHRC INTERVENES INTO DEMOLITION OF GOZA MARKET, PROMISES TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF VICTIMS

Posted: 2018-04-10


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will invite the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello over the demolition of Goza market located along the Airport road, Abuja recently.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah disclosed this during an on the spot assessment visit to the demolished market in order to get a firsthand information on the incident.

The Acting Head of the Commission who visited the market with other senior officials of the Commission told victims and traders that the Commission would invite the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory over the matter with a view to ensuring that economic right of the traders, among others are protected in accordance with the law.

According to the Acting Executive Secretary, We are here for an on the spot assessment. We have been to the old place and we are now here. Part of our mandate is to ensure that their economic right is protected. We will invite the FCT administration and the market representatives to a meeting.

We need to know what plans are on ground for the relocation of the market as well as compensation to traders whose goods were destroyed, she stated.

She also asked the Head of the market to compile a list of all those affected by the demolition just as she commended them for maintaining the peace as government continues work on the new site for the market.

The Head of the market, Wakili Istifanus said that the only reason given for the demolition was that it obstructs the highway and that the Minister, in addition to providing a new place for the market, would do something about the destruction of goods belonging to the traders.

In his remarks, the Director of Engineering Services of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA), Engr. Hadi Shehu who was present at the proposed new site for the market when the NHRC team visited, said the demolition was carried out to stop blockage of the Abuja Airport highway by the traders.

Engr. Shehu who spoke on behalf of the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello said, "As you can see, we have moved them to the permanent site, we contacted Julius Berger for the construction, the market operation will resume today, it was necessary because of the danger that illegal trading could cause".


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