The wife of the immediate past governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, Yemisi Suswam has on Sunday escaped being stoned to death after she was attacked by an angry mob in Abuja.
According to information gathered, the embittered traders had taken to the streets to protest alleged extortion and continued denial of access to their shops at the Wuye Ultra Modern Market.
The market, it was learnt was established by All Purpose Shelter Development Company, a firm having connections with the former Benue State First Lady and in which she is said to be the major sponsor.
She was held hostage for some hours in the market by the traders who accused her of conniving with the authorities of the Federal Capital Development Authority not only in extorting money from them but also denying them access to the shops they have since paid for.
Speaking to pressmen, the Chairman of Association of Wuye Ultra Modern Market Allottees, Chief Ifeanyi Ezejim, disclosed that the traders paid various amounts of money ranging between N2,000 to N8,000 as allocation fee to the FCDA.
According to him, the protest was in line with an order of an Abuja High Court, which had asked the FCDA to declare the statutory fees for the shops, but which the latter had not obeyed.