By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Emitting odour following the broken down toilet facilities at various courts in Akwukwu- Igbo Community, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta state has continued to unsettle its workers, lawyers and litigants who are currently subjected to using the bush paths around the courts for their excreta.
It was gathered that whenever workers, lawyers including litigants aren’t under pressure for” nature’s call”, they are subjected to using bush paths surrounding the courts and in most cases, cassava farms owned by residents/ Indigenes of the Community, after which emits offensive odour even at courts’ Sitting hours, thereby disrupting the proceedings of the courts’.
Investigation revealed that virtually all the courts’ toilet facilities in Akwukwu- Igbo community have over six years been broken down, a situation the Judges and Magistrates have resorted to using the bush paths around their courts as “ safe heavens’ even at urgent and pressing nature’s calls during the proceedings of the court, and outside the courts’ sittings.
Staffers who spoke to Journalists on Thursday on Condition of anonymity described as huge embarrassment to them, the Judges, magistrates , adding “we have been facing the problems Over six years now, no toilet facilities, everywhere is smiling, and nobody is here is taking it very serious because whenever anyone is pressed, he or she will going to the bush nearby court and after passing out excreta, everywhere will be smiling and unhealthy for us workers, recently, a highly placed personality in Lagos visited one of the courts in Akwukwu-Igbo community and wanted to use the toilet, instead, he was referred to the bush by the court and after which he returned, he was very angry that no toilet facilities in any of the courts in Akwukwu-Igbo”
Further investigation revealed that within the High court premises showed a very pathetic look at the dilapidated buildings without toilet facilities and water to clean up as Lawyers and Litigants are frustrated being urged to be using the bush paths around the courts including cassava farms lands in the area
But the state Chief Judge, Justice Marshall Umukoro in a swift reaction to Journalists, said that the state government was doing enough to ensure comfort for Magistrates and Judges in the state adding” we have awarded the contract for the toilet facilities, unfortunately, the Coronavirus ravaging everywhere stopped the Contractors and when resumed, works will start at the toilets, and we will provide real comfort for the Judges and Magistrates soon”
The building housing one of the courts, (magistrate) in the area is at present near collapse as its roofs have been blown off last week through heavy rainfall during nighfall as it was accompanied with heavy storms that lasted several hours on the fateful day as the walls are looking horrible and posing threats to lives and property within the court premises, especially now that the season is fast approaching this year
Apart from lack of water supply, and toilet facilities, the heat in the High court room is unimaginable as one wonders how his Lordship copes with the situation and still performs his duties optimally in the office.