The Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Police say it has foiled an attempt by arsonists to raze the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
There were speculations Thursday morning that two explosions went off at the premises of the court.
But in a response to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry, the police in the state said there were no explosions as speculated.
“There was an unsuccessful attempt to torch Federal High Court,” police spokesperson in the state, Muhammed Ahmad, told PREMIUM TIMES. “It was never an explosion as speculated. Investigation has in earnest commenced.”
Mr. Ahmad did not provide further details.
Earlier reports however said the incident occurred “just now as judges settled down for the day’s work”.
“The Court was supposed to hear two cases brought before it by the APC local government chairmen in the state against the Rivers State government,” a journalist in the city, Fyneface Fyneface, said in an email to PREMIUM TIMES.
“However, the local council chairmen had said earlier on local radio stations today that they had withdrawn their case at the Federal High Court to enable them continue with same case at the Industrial Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.”
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