A heavy rainstorm on Wednesday sacked Auchi Magistrates’ court 1 building in Auchi, headquarters of the Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo State.
A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN who visited the court on Thursday said the rainstorm judicial activities at the court have now been suspended due to the rainstorm and the subsequent collapse of the building.
Already, the Magistrates Court had been in a dilapidated state for the past three years as judicial officers find it difficult to carry out their duties at the premises.
Following a public outcry, the State government ordered that the court be merged with Magistrates Court II, located on the Auchi-Okene highway, pending its renovation.
But nothing has changed after the verbal pronouncement since then, nothing had been done before the building finally caved in.
The court’s Assistant Chief Registrar, Benjamin Iteghie, expressed shock over the incident and appealed to the state government for help.
“The rain storm has wreaked havoc on our buildings; as you can see, we no longer have a roof over our heads.
“We are appealing to the relevant authorities to come to our aid, as the court is no longer conducive for judicial proceedings and activities,’’ he said.