Unknown gunmen suspected to be IPOB members have burnt down the Federal High Court Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria’s South-east.
The building which is situated along the Enugu/Abakaliki Highway, opposite the office of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The attack was carried out on Tuesday by hoodlums with the use of petrol bombs, a source told our correspondent.
The fire which began in the early hours affected the library and the security post of the court building.
However, firefighters were said to have later mobilised to the scene to put out the fire before it could cause more damage with no casualty recorded in the attack but the court records in the library were destroyed
Confirming the incident, police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, said the attackers came in their large numbers to carry out the attack.
This attack is coming on the heels of a recent attack on the country home of the Imo state governor Hope Uzodunma where his house was razed.
Most states in the South-east and South-south, have been grappling with severe security challenges, including the spate of attacks on security agencies.
The motive for attack on the Federal High Court, just like the attacks on security officials, is possibly to weaken state institutions that are in-charge of law and order, so as to create fear and confusion.
With Boko Haram insurgency raging in the North-east, and banditry, kidnapping, and the ongoing bloody conflict between herders and farmers in different parts of the country, Nigeria’s security agencies seem to be losing ground, while the country bleeds