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AMML accuses sister coy of sabotaging its operations in Abuja markets against court order



AMML accuses sister coy of sabotaging its operations in Abuja markets against court order

(PHOTO: Mr Yahaya Ibrahim, Head of Operations, AMML; Mr Felix Edacbe, Legal Adviser of AMML and Mrs Jamima Abulele, Manager, Garki Model Market, Abuja during a press briefing of Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML) on Wednesday in Abuja.)

The Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML), on Monday, accused its sister company, Abuja Investments Company Limited (AICL), of sabotaging its operations of managing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)-owned markets despite a valid court judgment.

The AMML Legal Adviser, Felix Edacbe, made the allegation during a press briefing in Abuja.

Edache alleged that the Group General Manager (GMD) of AICL, Mr Abubakar Maina, unlawfully directed his workers to take over the AMML offices across markets in the FCT.

The lawyer, who alleged that the development had hindered the company from performing its mandate of revenue generation for FCT, said Maina’s action had also exposed the markets to insecurity as traders now do their businesses in apprehension.


“It has become imperative to get you informed of some sordid events currently putting the survival of AMML, its staff, security and wellbeing of our markets in jeopardy.

“On the 26th of July 2023, the GMD of Abuja Investments Company Ltd unilaterally wrote to all FCT owned markets, intimating them of their decision to suspend and throw open the market gates.

“This communication which was well circulated in the markets, compromised our security architecture.

“This, in our security review, may not be unconnected to the invasion of Wuse Market by suspected members of Shiite Movement on Friday the 28th July 2023.

“This much was promptly reported to the various security agencies for proper investigation.


“While still trying to solve the problems generated by the above wrong decision, on Tuesday, the 1st day of August, 2023, some staff of AICL, alongside some traders at about 6am in the morning, went into Wuse market and forcefully break into our office, chased our staff away thereby further jeopardising the security of our market and making it impossible for us to raise revenue for the provision of services across markets.

“From the information at our disposal this is one of the many steps being taken in cohort with some dismissed staff of AMML to take over the market with the view of claiming and deceiving security agencies into believing that they are the authentic staff of AMML.

“They are doing this so that they can use the security agencies to chase away the MD/CEO of AMML and the authentic staff of AMML out of the office and forcefully annexed the office as they have done in the markets in violation of valid court orders/judgement,” Edache alleged.

He called on the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, to call Maina “to order on his hostility against the company’s Managing Director, Alhaji Abubakar Faruk.”

The Manager of Dei Dei Market, Janet Udemezue, also alleged that on Tuesday, some ex-staff of the AMML invaded her office early in the morning, chased them out and locked up the office.


She said the invaders told her that the AICL had taken over the markets in the area.

She said she had to call the district police officer (DPO) in the area who deployed some of his men to the office for prompt intervention.

“The market was thrown into a state of fear and apprehension.

“And we all know that Dei Dei is a volatile area with many miscreants who may want to take advantage of any little misunderstanding.

“This is why we are calling on the permanent secretary to come into the situation,” she said.


The Head of Operations of AMML, Mr Yahaya Ibrahim, said the company was committed to ensuring that the market system is well protected and food supply is stabilised towards generating the needed revenue for the FCT government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the markets under the management of AMML include Wuse Market, Gudu Market, Garki International Market, Garki Old Market, Nyanya Market, Dei Dei Market, Kaura Market, Area 1, 2 and 3 Shopping Centres, among others.

NAN reports that Justice Donatus Okorowo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, in a judgment on July 10, nullified Faruk’s redeployment by yet-to-be ratified AMML Board headed by Maina and the former Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello.

Justice Okorowo ordered Faruk’s reinstatement as MD of AMML.
He also ordered the defendants, their staff and privies to restrain themselves from interfering with the Faruk’s exercise of his powers or carrying out the ordinary business of the company as an MD, including but not limited to holding board meetings.

The judge held that the decision of Maina and Bello to reconstitute the AMML’s Board of Directors in the manner done and publish in a press release of Feb 21 and inaugurated the said board on April 4 was unlawful, null and void.


Besides, Justice R.B. Haastrup of a National Industrial Court, Abuja, on July 26, also nullified the termination of Faruk’s employment by Maina on behalf of AMML’s shareholders against a valid court judgment.

Maina, in a letter he signed on July 17, had terminated Faruk’s employment.

Justice Haastrup also gave an interim injunction restraining the defendants, including the AICL, from conducting any board of directors’ meeting of AMML or transacting any business affecting the AMML management pending the determination of the counterpart motion on notice.


Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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