The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Honourable Justice K. O Alogba has said although the fire that gutted the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, Lagos may have caused billions of naira damages but did not destroy substantial records in the court. He also started that plans are underway to find alternative sitting accommodation for judges and magistrates who lost their courtrooms in the fire incident.
Justice Alogba was fielding question from journalists during his inspection of the extent of damages in the burnt court which has been reported as the oldest in Nigeria.
In his words:
…”We are working day and night to ensure that we find alternatives for our judges and magistrates and they will soon start sitting but please give us this week to be able to assess what we have. Thank God, I was at TBS with other judges and admins and we have found some space to move a number of judges. That is how we would gradually evacuate the judges and the courts and then they can start sitting.”
“As for our records, please let the whole world know this, that it is not all our records that we lost. No, and I thank God for that. In some of the key areas, we still have substantial parts of our records intact, like our archives. In the probate registry too, to a reasonable extent, some of our records are still intact. So many other places and in some courts too, particularly that wing, which was not really burnt, we still have our records in tact, although scattered all over the place.”
“So, we are going to be able to piece so many things together and move ahead. Apart from that, we are sending out words to the bar association and the public. We are going to reconstruct our case files. Where we cannot find our own, we call on both parties or all parties involved to submit there own proceedings and then from there we can piece a file together and start with such a file and move ahead.”
“We are not going to look back at all, we are looking forward. And like I said it is a temporary set back. So, once you have God, you have nothing to fear. These are trying times and we must go through it but we are going to come out of it valiantly like I said before”
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