Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
Some yet-to-be-identified hoodlums numbering over 15 have attacked the Imo State Magistrates’ Court in Orlu, by setting it ablaze.
Our correspondent gathered that the fire destroyed all the documents in the court’s documents section before it was quenched.
The magistrates’ court shares the same premises with the state high court in Orlu.
A staff member of the court, who refused to disclose his identity, told journalists that the hoodlums fled after setting a section of the court ablaze.
He said the security men attached to the court premises were attracted by the outbreak and on coming close, saw the youths running away.
He added that nobody was in court when the hoodlums struck.
The court worker said he was not aware of any incident in the court that could have instigated the attack.
“This court treats cases like every other court in the Orlu high court. There is no development in the past suggesting the attack. The police investigation will reveal the reason for the arson,” the official said.
Journalists were not allowed to take photographs of the attacked court.
The police spokesman in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in a telephone conversation, said it was a case of suspected arson.
Enwerem, who said the Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, had mandated the Area Commander in charge of Orlu zone to commence the full investigation into the matter, said only the section housing the court’s documents were affected. (Punch)