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JUSTICE Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, Chief Judge of Lagos State, on Wednesday, April 13, released 153 awaiting trial inmates from the Kirikiri Maximum and Medium prisons. Among the pardoned inmates were 79 being tried for capital offences.
Three of the freed inmates had been standing trial for over 15 years. Justice Atilade said the amnesty granted the inmates were in line with statutory duty to ensure that the prisons were not congested. She admonished the pardoned inmates to make the best of the amnesty by not returning to criminal activities.
The Chief Judge solicited the support of all relevant stakeholders in the justice system in the effort to decongest the prisons. Justice Atilade was accompanied on the visit by senior judges from the state high court, officials of the Lagos Ministry of Justice, members of the Nigerian Bar Association, various non-governmental organisations and representatives of the Nigeria Police.
In his remark, Seye Oduntan, deputy comptroller in charge of the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, thanked the CJ for the amnesty gesture. Oduntan, who noted that there were still many inmates who deserved pardon, urged the Chief Judge to ensure the continuity of the exercise.
As of Wednesday, the Kirikiri Maximum prison with a holding capacity of 1,053 inmates housed 1,235 inmates. Among them were 772 awaiting trial inmates and 209 convicts. There were 171 inmates on death row, 83 were serving life sentence.
At the Medium prison with a holding capacity of 1,700 inmates, there were 2,853 inmates as of Wednesday. Among them, 2,726 were awaiting trial, 128 had been convicted, 25 were designated as lodgers, 19 are detainees while only one inmate is condemned.
Culled from Punch
— Apr 13, 2016 @ 17:50 GMT
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