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Fire razed a section of the Owerri Magistrate Court on Sunday in Imo State.
This is coming barely 24 hours after the Orlu High Court was burnt by hoodlums.
The Magistrate’s court, which is located at the heart of the state capital along Owerri-Orlu Road, was housing the former Owerri High Court near an Army checkpoint.
A source said that there was an explosion that damaged a section of the roof of the facility.
Sources said that the fire started in the exhibit room near the restaurant in the afternoon.
While the extent of the damage caused by the arson had not been ascertained, it was learnt that sensitive court materials and documents, including files, were burnt.
A resident, who does not want his name mentioned, said: “We heard an explosion at the exhibit section of the court located at Owerri- Orlu Road. It happened today (Sunday). This is very unfortunate.”
Our correspondent, who visited the scene on Sunday afternoon, observed that smoke was still oozing out from some parts of the court building that were burnt.
Imo police spokesperson Michael Abattam, confirmed the incident the fire incident, saying it was not caused by hoodlums.
He said the fire, which started in the Exhibit room, was put out before much damage could be cause. He also stated that the Command had begun an investigation with a view to knowing how the fire came about.
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