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Enugu chief judge discharges 32, grants 104 bail 

Along with the 32 discharged and 104 granted bail, three juveniles brought to the Enugu Custodial Centre on July 22 were released.

• July 22, 2022
Chief Judge of Enugu, Raymond Ozoemena
Enugu Chief Judge, Raymond Ozoemena

Chief Judge of Enugu, Justice Raymond Ozoemena, has discharged and acquitted no fewer than 32 inmates in three custodial centres in the state during a jail delivery.

Mr Ozoemena granted bail to 104 inmates and released three juveniles brought to the Enugu Custodial Centre on July 22.

Declaring the jail delivery open on Friday, the chief judge said that the exercise was a sacred duty to ensure that “the rights of every citizen are not infringed upon”.

He said the jail delivery, which has 17 courts sitting, has ensured that every inmate will be accorded the constitutionally guaranteed right of fair hearing.

“This exercise has been carried out over the years by the Chief Judge and assisted by the Honourable Judges of the High Court in this sacred duty.

“I wish to thank the correctional centre and other stakeholders for their painstaking efforts to ensure that today’s exercise is hitch free.

“Permit me to also thank His Excellency, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for providing the financial support to enable us to carry out this exercise,” he said.

Controller of Corrections in Enugu, Nicholas Obiako, said the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) was poised to provide opportunities for inmates to develop their capacities.

“The service has provided educational programmes up to university level and functional workshops; these programmes can only be realised if the inmates are reintegrated through exercise like this where their cases are fast tracked,” Mr Obiako said.

Deputy Controller of Corrections in-charge of Enugu Custodial Centre, Sunday Usifo, thanked the chief judge for the successful exercise.

“We sincerely appreciate you and the judiciary under your jurisdiction for this noble achievement today because this has rekindled hope in our inmates. It will further strengthen the adage that ‘the judiciary is the last hope of the common man’,” Mr Usifo said.


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