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Hoodlums suspected to be political thugs on Tuesday set ablaze a state High Court in Owutu Edda community in Ebonyi State barely 24 hours after the governorship election result in the state was announced.
The ugly development came barely 24 hours after the conclusion of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
The Registrar of the court, Mrs. Oluchi Uduma, who spoke to newsmen, said that the hoodlums invaded the court in the early hours of Tuesday, chanting war songs, and set ablaze the building.
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She pointed out that the hoodlums had earlier, some times ago, attempted to burn down the state High Court, but were prevented by security agencies.
Uduma further noted that the court building and other valuable properties as well as documents were totally burnt.
She further revealed that the youths of Owutu Edda community alongside security operatives were mobilized but were unable to apprehend any of them.
The Eastern Updates reports that the setting ablaze of the said state High Court at Owutu Edda community in Afikpo South LGA, was allegedly perpetrated by youths who are seriously aggrieved on the conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections that took place at the area.
The Chairman of Afikpo South Local Government Area, Mr. Chima Ekuma Nkama, who confirmed the incident, said that the court was burnt beyond repair.
According to him: ‘It is very unfortunate that the hoodlums launched an attack on the High Court at Owutu Edda community.
‘When we went there, the whole place was on fire. We have reported the matter, even the governor, the commissioner of police are all aware.
‘We are currently doing our best to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended, he stated.