Some merchants within the standard Suleja Modern Market in Niger State have alleged extortion by the Local Government Chairman, Abdullahi Shuaibu Maje.
The merchants defined that, in 2018, some newly constructed retailers have been leased to them by the native council for 10 years on the charge of N3 million.
But, based on them, the Local Government Chairman, Maje whose tenure elapses in lower than a yr, is reneging on the lease settlement he had with the individuals, vowing to demolish the retailers and make the lessee renew the funds.
Officially known as IBB Market, it’s rated as one of many busiest markets in the complete North-Central states.
The facility which was constructed by the state authorities underneath the administration of Colonel Lawal Gwadabe was inaugurated by then-President Ibrahim Babangida in 1991 and later transferred to the Suleja council authority.
One of her merchants mentioned, ”I’m a store proprietor in Suleja native authorities space, prior to now, there have been some retailers exterior the IBB market the place some hen merchants offered their wares. The native authorities chairman requested the hen sellers to go away the place, saying he was going to construct some retailers there and so they complied.
”He constructed the retailers and known as on people who have been to purchase from the native authorities and that after 10 years, the individuals who purchased the retailers would renew their funds once more. Some of us purchased the retailers at N3 million from the native authorities.
”We purchased the retailers in 2018 and now the chairman has 7 months or one yr to go. He has realised that his tenure is sort of over, he then got here up with a plan that he would demolish our retailers once more and after demolishing the retailers, he would now construct one other row of outlets but it surely’d be a storey constructing. For these of us who’re utilizing the place already, we should pay once more however we shall be downstairs. In this case, we’ll pay N4 million whereas those that’ll be upstairs can pay N3.5 million.
”We tried to talk to the chairman and clarify to him that with the financial scenario of the nation, we won’t be able to afford it. We instructed him that almost all of us obtained loans to purchase the retailers and we’ve not even completed paying the loans however he refused. He mentioned if we do not have cash to pay, we must always higher vacate. He has given us only a month’s discover, after this, he’ll begin demolishing the retailers.
“These shops are over 30 in number. We initially went to court but the chairman convinced us to withdraw it from the court so we could settle it amicably. After we withdrew the case, the chairman went on social media to announce that he won the case. Just imagine, the man has just less than 7 months left in office, he wants to just collect money from us and go with it.
“Maje said after we pay this N4 million, we will not pay again in the next 20 years, how certain are we that the next local government chairman will not revoke this agreement? Very soon, they will start campaigning for elections and another person will come in.
“This man has been extorting money from traders; anytime he needs money, he focuses his attention here. Suleja market under this local government chairman has lost its glory, investors no longer come here.
“Suleja market is the commercial centre of Niger State. Niger State without Suleja Local Government Area is nothing, this man is frustrating investors and discouraging them from coming to Suleja. He uses thugs and the task force to Extort money from people using vehicles to bring in goods. He’s done with those and now focused his attention on us.”