Lagos High Court partially closed, as days of outage of electricity continues
The Lagos State Federal High Court in Ikoyi has been running in total blackout and this has directly affected most of the judicial activity scheduled at the court.
Report claims that in the past few days, the court has been experiencing an epileptic power supply due to the nation’s unreliable power distribution system
Consequently, some cases slated for hearing Wednesday and Thursday could not go on as the atmosphere was inconducive for some judges due to the blackout since Tuesday, all the courts and offices including the Judges’ chambers have been in darkness with severe heat.
However, a few of the judges were not deterred as they called their cases. This however, forced the undeterred judges and lawyers to take off their wigs and gowns, a compulsory courtroom attire, during proceedings, because of the heat.
Source gathered that the court authorities could not resort to an alternative power source because of the unavailability of diesel to power the two generators servicing the facility.
Some lawyers equally expressed their displeasure about the embarrassing situation.
“This is very bad, how can the Federal High Court which has wide jurisdiction in adjudicating cases like pre-election matters not be able to power generators for the comfort of its judges? The situation in the country is really alarming as no sector is working optimally,” one of the lawyers lamented.