flea market arose somewhere in Wuse district and it grew so rapidly and uncontrollably that it became an eyesore and a source of discomfort for the government and residents alike. In responding to the threat that this ‘illegal’ market presented, government decided in its ‘wisdom’ that the traders would be relocated to a different market which at the time was not in existence. Wuye, was the chosen market. Government went ahead to sell allocations to traders in the erstwhile market and allocated a piece of land for the construction of same. But that was as far as the story went for a long time. To cut a long story short, a private developer won the competitive bid to develop the market on a Build-operate-and Transfer (BOT) arrangement. The developer then went ahead to build the market and reportedly advertised it for sale at 30% completion. The original allottees from the old market refused to interest at that time believing that they had an incontestable right to the market stalls. What they refused to take into account however, was the market was not being funded by the government and the developer, being a commercial enterprise would want to recover their money back. The developer went ahead and sold the shops to interested members of the public.