Gunmen on Saturday set ablaze the Imo State High Court building in Orlu, reportedly destroying part of the structure housing sensitive documents.
The incident is coming few days after gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri, which the police said was carried out by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
It was gathered that the complex is housing both the high court and a magistrates’ court.
A staff member of the judiciary, who spoke to Daily Trust on condition of anonymity, said all the files in the building were burnt.
The Orlu high court is close to a security check point as well as the police divisional headquarter.
In 2018, the high court was razed, while the Orlu office of INEC was set ablaze in the same manner on December 1, 2022.
Orlu Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Barnabas Munonye, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate.
He said that his attention was drawn to the incident by the administrative secretary of the association early Saturday morning.
Spokesperson for the Imo State Police Command, CSP Mike Abattam, who also confirmed the incident, said that police had commenced investigation into the incident.