News Now: Tension as Hoodlums Chanting War songs, set High Court ablaze in South East State


Hoodlums set ablaze High Court, 24 hours after declared results of Ebonyi elections


In Owutu Edda, Ebonyi State’s Owutu Edda community, suspected political thugs have set fire to a state High Court.


The development occurred less than twenty-four hours after the conclusion of gubernatorial and legislative elections in the state.



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Mrs. Oluchi Uduma, the court’s Registrar, told Ejes Gist News Nigeria that thugs, chanting war songs, stormed the courthouse in the early hours of Tuesday and set it on fire.

She noted that the criminals had previously attempted to torch the state high Court, but were prevented by security agencies.


Uduma added that the courthouse and other valuable properties as well as documents were completely destroyed by fire.

She also disclosed that the youth of the Owutu Edda community were mobilised alongside security personnel, but none of the suspects were apprehended.


The arson of the state High Court in the Owutu Edda community of Afikpo South LGA was allegedly committed by youths who are extremely dissatisfied with the conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections held in the area.


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Mr. Chima Ekuma Nkama, Chairman of Afikpo South Local Government Area, confirmed the incident and stated that the court was irreparably damaged by fire.


According to him, “it is extremely unfortunate that criminals attacked the High Court in the Owutu Edda community.”

“When we arrived, the entire area was on fire. We have reported the incident, and both the governor and the police commissioner are aware.


“We are currently making every effort to apprehend the perpetrators,” he stated.


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