By Enyichukwu Enemanna
A part of Nigeria’s Supreme Court complex, Abuja was on Monday morning gutted by fire under controversial circumstances but no casualty was recorded, the court stated.
A source from the court blamed the fire on electrical fault from one of the Chambers of the Justices.
It was put out with the use of fire extinguishers, Channels TV reports, quoting the Public Relations Officer for the Court, Mr Festus Akande.
Akande added that the stories making the rounds on social media that there are casualties are “fake news”.
A source who chose to remain anonymous said the fire started around 6 am.
It was gathered that the cleaners on duty and some of the workers who resumed early for work detected the fire and raised the alarm.
The workers were said to have used the fire extinguishers in the building to combat the fire.
Three offices, including that of Justice Mohammed Saulawa, were touched by the fire.
The fire comes ahead of a critical litigation involving the dispute arising from the Feb. 25 election in which President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was declared winner by the electoral body the INEC.
Though cases filed by the Labour Party and the People’s Democratic Party challenging Tinubu’s election were dismissed by the Presidential Election Petition Court, the parties have approached the Supreme Court, seeking the annulment of Tinubu’s election.
It is not clear if vital files relating to the case or other sensitive election cases were affected by the fire.