The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that the fire outbreak at the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Monday was alarming and suspicious, expressing that the party was alarmed by the fire incident at the apex court of the country.
The PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, demanded an immediate full-scale investigation into the fire outbreak with the view to unraveling the circumstances or possible sabotage in the incident.
According to the statement, “The PDP is worried over the fire outbreak especially given heightened public apprehension of possible arsonist attack with the intent to cripple and frustrate the Supreme Court from effectively discharging its constitutional duties, especially, with regard to high profile electoral cases including the Presidential Election Appeals pending before it.”
The PDP insisted that the outcome of the investigation should be made public unlike those of previous fire incidents in various government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) which, the party said, were characteristically swept under the carpet by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations.
The PDP urged the Federal Government to beef up security around the Supreme Court, demanding that Nigerians must be assured of the safety of sensitive documents and equipment at the Court, especially at this critical time.
A section of the Supreme Court was engulfed by fire at about 6.00a.m. on Monday. The inferno burst from Chamber 5 on the fourth floor of the Court building, within the Justices’ Chambers.
However, authorities of the Supreme Court had on Monday clarified that the fire outbreak did not affect any election petition document in the court registry. They assured that the appeals of Peter Obi of the Labour party (LP), and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are safe and secured.