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Court orders AMAC, FCDA, to rebuild 720 demolished shops, stores

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Court orders AMAC, FCDA, to rebuild 720 demolished shops, stores

An FCT High Court sitting in Jabi on Friday ordered the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to rebuild the 720 shops and stores demolished at the Karmo market, a suburb of the FCT.

The plaintiffs, in 2011 sued the AMAC, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Muhammed Bello and the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) for the demolition of the market in 2006.

The traders, Makata-Sylvanus Okechukwu, Alhaji Yahaya, Raphael Odoh, Zakari Yau, China Aria, Ibrahim Sani, Chukwuka Ukwueze, Abubakar Umar, Faith Jimoh, and Batholomew Okeke.

Delivering judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu, held that the demolition carried out by the defendants was illegal since the allocations were made to the plaintiffs by AMAC.

The Judge said that the defendants engaged in “official misconduct” when they refused to compensate the plaintiffs and shop owners and went ahead to demolish their structures.

Halilu also granted an order restraining the defendants from further interfering with the plaintiffs allocations given to them by AMAC or cause same to be reallocated to another person without compensation.

The judge further ordered AMAC, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the FCDA to pay N3 million as general damages to the plaintiffs.

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