Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:56 am
Images from the fallen and buried of Gosa market.
Gosa, a popular market for the rich and the poor, located along Airport road, Abuja, was finally demolished on Saturday, 24th of March by the bulldozers of authorities of Federal Capital Territory, accompanied by scores of well-armed security operatives. Before its destruction, the market, which usually holds every Friday, was a popular shopping arena for hotels, aides of top government officials and those who buys in bulk for resale in retail because of the cheap price of commodities, especially foodstuff.
The market was relocated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003, from Gosa pai pai, a distance of about 500 meters to the location where it was demolished last week. Authorities of FCDA claim that the market was demolished because it was too close to the Airport road, the six-lane expressway that led to the Abuja city from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport and the Southern part of the country.
But sellers at the market who are mostly Gbagyi, the indigenous people of Abuja disagree. They showed their disapproval with a massive protest which resulted in gridlock at the Airport road for two days before they were driven off by soldiers. These images by Femi Ipaye depicted the agony and ruins of the market after the exit of FCDA bulldozers.