EndSARS: NBA lauds group over renovation of burnt High Court in Ondo



Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Okitipupa branch, , has commended Ikale Stakeholders Rehabilitation Committee over the renovation of Okitipupa High Court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the complex High Court, Magistrates’ Court and Customary Court was burnt down hoodlums who hijacked last year’s nationwide EndSARS protests.

NAN also recalls that Ikale Stakeholders Rehabilitation Committee, headed Gen. Olu Bajowa (rtd.) had, last week, handed over the renovated High Court to the Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, with a promise to renovate other affected structures.

NBA Chairman, Okitipupa branch, Mr Orimisan Okorisa, said that the destruction of the court had serious setback to judicial process in the , as lawyers had practically become jobless, while inmates remained in prison custody their cases being attended to.

He added that lawyers, especially in South, also went through a lot of challenges, as they had to file their cases in Akure, the state capital and had to travel to and fro there for court appearances.

He commended the committee for taking up the responsibility, thereby bringing succour to lawyers, workers and inmates, all of whom had been badly affected the ugly development.

“It is disheartening that a of people had to burn down property, especially the courts, and thus disrupt judicial processes in the state any recourse.

“This had, indeed, a great setback to judicial processes, as lawyers were jobless, while inmates remained in prison custody their cases being attended to.

“We are indeed grateful to committee for the kind gesture. With this development, proper judicial process will now resume in Ikale land,” Okorisa said.

In the same vein, immediate past NBA Chairman, Okitipupa branch, Mr Omololu Bagbe, also thanked the committee for the rehabilitation work, saying it had relieved lawyers of challenges they were hitherto facing in the discharge of their duties.

He said NBA, after its consultation with the state and the state judiciary over the matter had yielded no result, had to seek the help of the committee.

Bagbe also thanked God and commended the efforts of the Secretary of the committee, Mr Ajibola Morebise, in facilitating the intervention of the body.

NAN reports that the High Court is expected to resume sitting next week, while the Magistrates’ Court and Customary Court are using temporary buildings for sittings. (NAN)