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Traders Reject N120 Million Charges, Drag Board To Court

Posted: Jun 15, 2015 at 1:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja

Trouble is brewing between the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and hundreds of traders occupying Commerce Plaza in Durumi District as the traders have dragged the Board to an Abuja High Court seeking for an order stopping the board from imposing an arbitrary N120 million charges on them.

In the suit filed by their Counsel, Mohammed Ahmed, the traders asked the court to declare the charges illegal.

According to them “the charges were not in accordance with extant regulations.

They asked the court to order the AEPB to withdraw the charges and to set aside the charges.

The traders said that the plaza they occupied was not provided with any infrastructure nor was it provided with any environmental services.

They said: “Our careful study of the bills/charges and the Law and Regulation made by you and contained in the AEPB Act shows that the bills are not only arbitrary but illegal. You cannot assess or collect rates or charges for services not provided.”

They are asking the court to declare that the harassment, threat of arrest, intimidation and sealing of their business premises is un-warranted and illegal and unconstitutional.

They also asked the court to restrain the board from further harassing them on account of the charges.