By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has condemned the burning down of the State High Court of Justice complex located at Ibusa road describing it as an act of sabotage by criminal elements who masqueraded themselves as ENDSARS protesters.
The Chief Judge who visited the burnt complex on Monday in Asaba to ascertain the level of destruction done to the building by the hoodlums who set the complex on fire and carted away some exhibits, expressed pain and disappointment on the sad development which he said was a major setback for the judiciary.
Justice Mukoro who was accompanied by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, the Commissioner for Housing, Honourable Festus Ochonogor and some judicial Officers, disclosed that the development was a setback for over three thousand cases the Asaba Judicial Division was adjudicating upon as court register, case files and other court records and office equipment were gulfed by the inferno.
While describing the act as an impediment in the wheel of Justice in one of the busiest judicial divisions in the State, the CJ however disclosed that the State Commissioner for Housing has been directed by the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to submit the Bill of Quantity (BoQ) for the fixing of the building to enable the State Government immediately commence the reconstruction of the complex.
Also speaking, the Attorney-General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor condemned the act and described the wanton destruction of the High Court building as tantamount to throwing spanners in the wheels of Justice by the arsonists.
He said the Courtrooms are sacred and wondered why anyone should attack the judiciary as according to the Justice Commissioner, the judiciary remains the last bastion and the beacon of hope for the common man.