Lagos Set To Replace Igbosere High Court With New Ikoyi Court

 

 

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo has disclosed that the property at Osborne Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, proposed by the Lagos State Government for the relocation of Igbosere High Court, will be ready by end of May 2021.

Justice Onigbanjo stated this on May 19 at the state’s Ministry of Justice 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing tagged ‘Our journey between April 2020 and April 2021’.

Onigbanjo explained that this and ongoing state-wide construction and renovation of courts is part of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s efforts to enhance access to justice.

The AG also revealed that the digitalisation of 10 of the state’s courts is ongoing, adding that six of the fully digitalised courts will be ready by October.

The facilities will provide “real-time transcripts solution services and fully-automated courts” Onigbanjo said.

This, he noted, will complement the launch of an online platform for checking the status of legal advice and certified true copy of legal advice.

He disclosed further that there is also an ongoing upgrade of the Ministry of Justice website and social media handles, as well as the introduction of Case Management Systems within the MoJ to improve efficiency.

Onigbanjo highlighted the MoJ’s efforts to boost law enforcement agencies’ performance by building statement recording/interrogation rooms for the police to enhance prosecution of cases.

The Igbosere High Court, the country’s oldest and most recognisable judicial building, was attacked on October 22 by hoodlums under the guise of the #EndSARS protest.

The criminals spent hours looting and vandalising vehicles, furniture, refrigerators, air conditioners, office equipment among others, before burning the entire court complex to the ground.

Our Substantial Records Are Intact, Lagos Chief Judge Reacts To Attack On Nigeria’s Oldest Court

Igbosere High Court after the attack by hoodlums.

 

Igbosere High Court is a monument with its existence dating back to when Lagos was known as a British protectorate.

The building came under attack by some hoodlums on October 22. The buildings in the court premises and properties in it were destroyed and completely vandalized.

The hoodlums spent hours burning vehicles, vital documents, case files and looted properties including furniture, refrigerators, and air conditioners.

Chief Judge of Lagos State, Kazeem Alogba in an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday, October 27 said substantial records of the court were not affected as wrongly believed by many.

He said the archives remain intact.

“Fortunately, it is not all our records that are lost. In some of the key areas, we still have a substantial part of our records intact. Like our archives and the probate registry, to a reasonable extent, some of our records are still intact.

“We are working day and night to ensure that we find alternative accommodation for our judges and magistrates and they will soon start sitting,” he said.

While the impact of the damage done on the High Court is still been accessed, the Chief Judge said reconstructing the building will cost over a billion naira.

Court officials sorting the remaining documents.

 

He said, “in terms of equipment and other items vandalized. It is also almost one billion. We have several vehicles there. All our computers, the air conditioners, the refrigerators and all sorts of electrical gadgets. Even the furniture.”

The court is however planning a comeback soonest.

“We are going to reconstruct our case files. We are not going to look back, we are looking forward. This is a temporary set-back.

“These are trying times and we must go through it, but we are going to come out of it brilliantly,” the Chief Judge promised.

 

– Judicial Monument Attacked –

Igbosere High Court was one of the structures left devastated by the activities of hoodlums last week in Lagos State.

The city was ravaged by hoodlums in the days after the #EndSARS protest, leaving many parts of the state with the burnt buildings, looted shops, and destroyed properties.

Igbosere High court which is the oldest in Nigeria was not spared as the courtrooms were burnt, vandalised, and left in ruins.

Igbosere High Court after the attack by hoodlums.