The Abakaliki Federal High Court, Ebonyi State, Nigeria’s South-east, has been razed down by unknown gunmen.
The building is situated along the Enugu/Abakaliki Highway, opposite the Peoples Democratic Party office in the state.
The attack was carried out on Tuesday by unknown gunmen, using petrol bombs, a source said.
The fire began in the early hours affected the library and the security post of the court building.
Fire fighters however were said to have later mobilised to the scene to smoother the fire before it could cause more destruction.
Anyways, no casualty was recorded in the attack but court records in the library were destroyed.
Loveth Odah, police spokesperson in the state confirmed the incident.
She said, “The attackers came in their large numbers to carry out the attack”.
Most South-Southern South-Eastern states in the country have been grappling with serious security challenges, including the spate of attacks on security agencies in recent times.
The motive for attack on the Federal High Court, just like the attacks on security officials, is probably to weaken state institutions that are in-charge of law and order, so as to create fear and confusion.
In Imo State, another South-east state, gunmen recently attacked and set ablaze the country home of the state governor, Hope Uzodinma.
With Boko Haram insurgency raging in the North-east, and banditry, kidnapping, and the ongoing bloody conflict between herders and farmers in different parts of the country, Nigeria’s security agencies seem to be losing ground, while the country bleeds.