Thelma Osatohanmwen

Concerned citizens of Nigeria have expressed their disapproval over the fire outbreak at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja.

The unfortunate incident which occurred on Monday, had a wing of the Nigeria’s Supreme Court complex engulfed in flames due to an electrical fault, leaving several offices, including that of Justice Mohammed Saulawa damaged.

However, the timing of the fire has raised concerns among concerned citizens, who have taken to social media platforms to express their disapproval and question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

These concerns arise as the incident came weeks after presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) lodged petitions against President Bola Tinubu’s election to the Supreme Court.

In response to the out cry of the public, the Supreme Court Public Relations Officer, Festus Akande during an interview with News men has assured the general public that the fire incident will not affect any of the court proceedings as it has no interrelation to the Presidential Election Petition.

In his words, “As a matter of fact, there is no single connection and it will not affect anything in the court.

“This thing happened in a chamber and the chamber is equipped with a computer, other equipment and a functional library being used by the justice who occupied that chamber and so the only things affected are the books, stationeries and computers in the chamber”, He said.

Below are some comments.

“Them don dey burn evidence” @ZOBADGREAT said.

According to @DeinmoweiEzi, “Whenerver there’s concrete evidence against him the courts burn, why?”

@ama_krypto wrote “Regular Trademark by one man. It is not surprising to us, the question is when will these illegalities stop in Nigeria.”

“Nigeria is a crime scene… Nothing comes as a surprise… 85% of fire outbreaks in government institutions in Nigeria were premeditated…just to cover up their shady deals. The upcoming election case tribunal might be in relation to the fire … Just to delay its further hearing. Nothing is impossible in Nigeria.” @anuforo added.