Gunmen attack court in Imo, burn documents

Starrys Obazei/December 17, 2022.

Imo State High Court in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state came under attack by gunmen on Saturday.

The hoodlums were said to have also burnt sensitive documents in the court complex housing both the high court and a magistrate’s court.

This development makes it the second time the court will be burnt. In 2018, the high court was razed and on Saturday, the court was again torched by assailants, according to The PUNCH.

According to one of the clerical workers of the court, who spoke on anonymous condition, “All the sensitive files in the building were burnt.”

Speaking on the development, Orlu Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Barnabas Munonye, confirmed the incident, describing it as “unfortunate”.

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

The spokesperson for the Imo State Police Command, CSP Mike Abattam, also confirmed the incident, adding that the police had launched an investigation into the incident.

It was reported a few days ago that gunmen also attacked the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Owerri.

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