Funke Busari, Lagos
Users of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere have got a new temporary Court complex in Osborne, Ikoyi, Lagos.
A temporary court has been set up to replace the court burnt in Igbosere High Court in October 2020 during the EndSARS protest.
The temporary court was set up as well as equipped with the latest technology to enhance digital recording of Court proceedings.
The facility was handed over on Thursday by the state Government to the Lagos State Judiciary in fulfilment of its promise to relocate the Igbosere High Court.
During the handing-over, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN said the Court complex is a temporary relocation while awaiting the rebuilding of the burnt Igbosere High Court Complex into a modern and sophisticated Courthouse.
He explained that the temporary Court complex consists of eight court rooms with equal number of Judges’ Chambers, Secretary’s office, Registrar’s office, General office for administrative staff, restrooms on each floor, canteen, litigants’ room, and an office for the Chief Judge.
The Attorney-General also said that the new temporary Court complex is equipped with the latest technology to enhance digital recording of Court proceedings.
In his words, Onigbanjo said, “In fulfillent of Sanwo-Olu’s administration promise on the digitalisation of court rooms in Lagos State, the temporary Courthouse is equipped with up-to-date technology.”
The Attorney-General implored the Judiciary to make maximum use of the Court House for the benefit of residents of Lagos State.
In receiving the new temporary Court complex, Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba, appreciated the efforts of Governor Sanwo-Olu for his timely response to the challenge of the burnt Igbosere Courthouse by providing a replacement.
He added that this temporary arrangement will ease the trauma experienced by the Judiciary after the Igbosere High Court got burnt during the EndSARS protest in October 2020.
“The edifice will be a relief to the Judges whose properties got burnt during the EndSARS protest which was quite traumatic because they are used to working and not being idle for a long period of time,” Alogba said.
The Chief Judge disclosed that Court sittings will be at 9:00a.m to 5:00p.m, Monday to Friday in order to ensure the safety of the judges and residents of Osborne Estate, Ikoyi.
He commended agencies of the State government that assisted in the timely completion of the temporary Courthouse project.
Noting that with the handing over of the Court house, speedy dispensation of justice in the State will be enhanced.