The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has said officials are investigating the cause of the fire incident at the Supreme Court in the early hours of Monday morning.
While noting that the situation had been put under control following the intervention of police officers and firefighters, the command noted that two chambers belonging to two judges were affected by the fire.
The spokesperson for the police in FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, added that the properties destroyed during the outbreak were yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.
“On September 25, 2023, at about 7 am there was a fire incident at the Supreme Court. The situation is under control, and the fire service and police officers are all on the ground.
“Only two chambers of two judges were affected, at the moment properties destroyed yet to be ascertained. The cause of the fire is still being investigated by appropriate authorities, and further information will be communicated later,” Adeh clarified.
The PUNCH reports that fire engulfed a section of the Supreme Court in the Federal Capital Territory in the early hours of Monday.
Though the cause of the fire was unknown as of the time of filing this report, a source at the Federal Fire Service said firefighters were at the scene
Offices of some Justices were reportedly burnt down, as the fire has forced some occupants of the building to scamper for safety.
The PUNCH reports that the fire incident is the latest of many that have affected government offices in Abuja.
In May 2023, fire gutted some parts of the Nigerian Air Force Base located along Airport Road in the FCT.
In February 2022, there was a fire incident at the Ministry of Finance building in Abuja.
In May 2020, a fire burnt a part of the Nigerian Postal Service building in the FCT.
A month before that incident, a building housing the office of the accountant-general of the Federation was gutted by fire.
Meanwhile, in 2018, the Federal Fire Service said Nigeria lost about N5 trillion to fire incidents in four years.