Fire at Embattled Judge's Home in Rivers
Posted: 23/Sep/2014

There was a fire incident at the official residence of Justice Daisy Okocha, the controversial Rivers State High Court judge, who is at loggerhead with the state government over her recommendation by the NJC as acting Chief Judge of the state.

The fire gutted part of the master bedroom at her Herbert Macauley Street residence in Port Harcourt.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmad Mohammad, who confirmed the incident, said police have commenced investigation into the matter.

“There was a fire incident at the house of Justice Daisy Okocha, but I learnt it affected only a room. Investigation to unearth the cause of the fire has commenced,” he said.

Chief C. Okocha, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a brother to Justice Okocha, said he was alerted about the fire incident  in the early hours of Friday. He said the fire consumed valuable property.

“I received a call from my sister that as she was climbing the stairs in her house, she discovered smoke billowing from one of her rooms. 

Neighbours, I am told, assisted in alerting the Fire Service. Justice Kobani also drove to inform the Fire Service. However, before the Fire Service came, a lot of her personal  property had been destroyed. Happily, she does not keep her records in the house. No court records were destroyed,” he said.

Justice Okocha was appointed Administrative Chief Judge by the National Judicial Council, in July to fill the vacuum created by the suspension of Justice Peter Agumagu by the NJC, for accepting the position of Chief Judge of Rivers State without its recommendations.