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Oyo chief judge pardons 38 inmates

At her visit to the centre, the chief judge said the exercise was to see inmates’ welfare and decongest the facility by discharging those denied access to justice.

• March 19, 2024
PRISON INMATES
Inmates Used to illustrate the story[ Photo Credit: Premium Times Nigeria]

The chief judge of Oyo State, Iyabo Yerima, has granted unconditional release to 38 inmates of the Oyo Medium Security Custodial Centre, Abolongo, Oyo Town.

At her visit to the centre on Tuesday, Ms Yerima said the exercise was to see to inmates’ welfare and decongest the facility by discharging those who had been denied access to justice.

Among the 38 inmates, 18 were released on health grounds, having diseases such as septicemia, liver cirrhosis, severe rashes, and epilepsy.

Thirty-three inmates had earlier been released on Monday by the CJ at the Agodi Custodial Centre, Ibadan, bringing the number of inmates released in the state to 71.

Ms Yerima said some released inmates had spent more time than what they could serve given the offences they were charged with.

While stressing that the gesture would bring succour to the released inmates, she expressed hope that they had learnt their lessons and would live peaceably within the society.

“Some inmates were released on compassionate grounds, some due to illnesses; some regained freedom because they had overstayed; others because the legal advice says they should be released.

“We have been facing this issue of congestion of the court for a long time, and we have to look for a good and proper time to be able to conclude.

“It’s been tedious; the process is long as we have to call on registrars and magistrates so that we can know the decision of the cases,” she said.

Ms Yerima assured that cases would be dispensed early to decongest both the court and correctional centres.

The comptroller of corrections, Oyo State Command, A. O . Salami, expressed delight that the CJ responded to his appeal on time.

According to Mr Salami, the Agodi facility in Ibadan, with a capacity of 380 inmates, held 1,250 before the release of the 31 inmates on Monday.

“This is why we have been calling on the Chief Judge to help decongest the facilities,” Mr Salami said.

One of the justices on the entourage of the CJ, Justice A. L. Akintola, urged them not to abuse the privileges given to them and to shun the vices that brought them to the centre. 

(NAN)

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