UPDATED: Fire guts Supreme Court

A section of the Supreme Court complex in Abuja caught fire on Monday, September 25.

The cause of the fire was unknown when filing this report.

Unconfirmed reports said the fire consumed the offices of three justices.

The spokesperson of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Adesoji Oye, could not be reached when this report was filed.

But the Supreme Court spokesperson, Festus Akande, confirmed the incident but said it was not as severe as widely believed.

He noted that most of the rumours on social media were not correct.

Akande, who spoke on Arise TV, stated that the fire outbreak didn’t affect anything in the Court.

“As a matter of fact, there’s no single connection, and it won’t affect anything in the Court. This incident occurred in a chamber equipped with a computer and other equipment, as well as a functional library used by any justice occupying such chamber.

“The only thing that was affected were the books and computer equipment in the chamber. Even the books are replaceable. Also, it has nothing to do with it because it was from an electrical fault, which could happen anywhere,” Akande stated.

He added the Court had an e-library for all the burnt documents and could replace the burnt documents.

Reacting to the incident, spokesperson of the FCT Police Command Josephine Adeh said the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

She added that the situation was under control.

“Only two chambers of two judges were affected. At the moment, properties destroyed are yet to be ascertained. The cause of fire is still being investigated by appropriate authorities , further information will be communicated later,” she stated.

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