Gunmen Set Ablaze Imo High Court, Destroy Files

Gunmen yesterday set ablaze the building of Imo State High Court in Orlu, reportedly burning part of the structure housing sensitive documents.

The development is coming few days after some gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri, which the police alleged was the work of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The complex is said to be housing both the high court and a magistrates’ court.

A staff member of the judiciary, who spoke in anonymity, said all the files in the building were burnt.

The Orlu High Court is close to a security check point as well as the police divisional headquarter

Mr. Barnabas Munonye, The Orlu Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, who confirmed the incident, described it as unfortunate.

He said that his attention was drawn to the incident by the administrative secretary of the association early Saturday morning.

Spokesperson for the Imo State Police Command, CSP Mike Abattam, who also confirmed the incident, said that police had launched investigation into the incident.

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