Lagos to Replace Burnt Igbosere High Court with New Ikoyi Court


The Lagos state government has revealed that property at Osborne Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, for the relocation of Igbosere High Court, will be ready by end of May 2021.

This was disclosed by the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN at the Ministry’s Ministerial Press Briefing tagged ‘Our journey between April 2020 and April 2021’.

Igbosere High Court, the country’s oldest and most recognisable judicial building was attacked on October 22 by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest.

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The criminals spent hours looting and vandalising vehicles, furniture, refrigerators, air conditioners and office equipment, among others, before burning down the entire court complex.

According to the State Attorney-General, the digitalization of ten of the state’s courts is ongoing, adding that six of the fully digitalized courts would be ready by October.

He explained that this and ongoing statewide construction and renovation of courts were part of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s efforts to enhance access to justice.

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The facilities will provide “real-time transcripts solution services and fully-automated courts,” Onigbanjo said.

This, he noted, will complement the launch of an online platform for checking the status of legal advice and certified true copy of legal advice.

He also revealed that there is an ongoing upgrade of the Ministry’s website and social media handles as well as the introduction of Case Management Systems within the MoJ to improve efficiency.

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Onigbanjo highlighted the MoJ’s efforts to boost law enforcement agencies’ performance by building statement recording/interrogation rooms for the police to enhance prosecution of cases and resolve allegations of torture to obtain facts from suspects.

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