Ogun: 39 Awaiting Trial Inmates Pardoned

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 19th, 2014
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No fewer than 39  awaiting trial inmates in four out of the five prisons in Ogun State havebeen granted the unconditional release.
A  release from the ministry of justice on Tuesday said the Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade granted the release.
The inmates were released from Ilaro,  Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode and Sagamu prisons.

Olopade explained that the exercise which was supposed to have taken place in July was shifted to August due to judicial workers’ strike.               

She said, “Even though the courts are on vacation, we would ensure the welfare of the inmates and decongest the prisons by setting free those inmates awaiting trial on the ground of no case file and some inmates who have no charges against them.”

Olopade, however, appealed to the state’s Police Command to work effectively with the Ministry of Justice in the discharge of their duties toward speedy dispensation of justice.

Olopade explained that the exercise which was supposed to have taken place in July was shifted to August due to judicial workers’ strike.               

She said, “Even though the courts are on vacation, we would ensure the welfare of the inmates and decongest the prisons by setting free those inmates awaiting trial on the ground of no case file and some inmates who have no charges against them.”

Also,the state’s Comptroller of Prisons, Mr. Joseph Olanrele, lamented the lack of adequate facilities in the prisons, noting that “some inmates had been in prison custody since 2008 without trial”.


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