Our substantial records are intact, Lagos Chief Judge reacts to attack on Nigeria’s oldest court

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Igbosere High Court after the attack by hoodlums.

Igbosere High Court is a monument with its existence dating back to when Lagos was known as a British protectorate. The building came under attack by some hoodlums who on October 22 wreaked havoc and completely vandalize it.

The hoodlums spent hours burning vehicles, vital documents, case files and looted properties including furniture, refrigerators, and air conditioners.

Chief Judge of Lagos State, Kazeem Alogba in an interview on Tuesday, October 27 said substantial records of the court were not affected as wrongly believed by many. He said the archives remain intact.

“Fortunately, it is not all our records that are lost. In some of the key areas, we still have substantial part of our records intact. Like our archives and the probate registry, to a reasonable extent, some of our records are still intact.

“We are working day and night to ensure that we find alternative accommodation for our judges and magistrates and they will soon start sitting,” he said.

While the impact of the damage done on the High Court is still been studied, the Chief Judge said reconstructing the building will cost over a billion naira.

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