The Supreme Court of Nigeria has confirmed that a fire that broke out on Monday morning was caused by an electrical fault in one of the chambers of the court.
CITYNEWS NIGERIA reports that the fire was quickly extinguished by staff using fire extinguishers on hand, and there were no casualties.
Festus Akande, the Supreme Court’s spokesperson, said that the fire started around 7:30 a.m. and was brought under control within minutes. He added that only a few books and stationery were damaged and that documents pertaining to cases in the court, including the Presidential Election Petition appeal, remain intact.
“The fire will not disrupt the operations of the Apex Court,” Akande said.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in Nigeria and has the final say on all legal matters. It will give judgment on the petitions by the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) against the election of Bola Tinubu as president.