An FCT High Court sitting at Bwari on Tuesday granted Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML) leave to continue with the on-going development of shopping plaza in Garki Model Market, Abuja.
Abuja Markets Management Limited who are the owners and Managers of Garki Model Market, is currently developing blocks of shops for warehouses and cold rooms within the market which are currently not existing there.
But in a suit number FCT/HC/CV/2436/15 filed by Mariam Shaibu and Fredrick Nwangwu purportedly for themselves and representatives of Garki Market Association has challenged the right of AMML to carry out such development, claiming that they are the rightful allottees of the stalls in the spaces to be affected by the project.
However, according to Innocent Amaechina, Corporate Affairs Manager of AMML, “this group of traders having persistently laid claim in several fora to a restraining order, approached the court to draw its attention to an alleged disobedience of its orders by AMML for carrying on with the project despite the pendency of the matter at the high court”.
But at a resumed hearing Tuesday, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice O.C Agbaza ruled that nothing in his earlier ruling prevented Abuja Markets Management Limited from constructing new shops.
As contained in the certified true copy of the ruling, the presiding Judge ruled thus: “I have carefully heard the arguments of both counsel and found that both parties appear to be crying over the Order of Court which to my understanding is to restrain the respondents from demolishing and/or removing the plaintiff’s shop and this does not include or prevent the respondent from constructing new shops.”
Reacting to this development, the Corporate Affairs Manager of AMML, Innocent Amaechina said that the clarification was in the overall interest of the company, the traders as well as all users of Garki Model Market.
Amaechina stated: “We need to restate that the project was duly approved by the FCT Administration and has the full support of good traders of Garki Model Market, in fact, the traders called for it( the new shops) as it is a known fact that the only fire incidents recorded in the market came from makeshift structures.”