The Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, has freed 13 inmates awaiting trials at the Ilaro Prisons as part of efforts at decongesting prison formations across the State.
The Chief Judge said the exercise was part of plans to decongest prison formations across the State, in compliance with the directive from the Attorney General of the Federation that all state judges should visit prison formations within their jurisdictions and free inmates with minor cases.
“The new development now is to reduce the number of inmates in prisons all over the country, as part of directive from Attorney General of the Federation that all state judges should visit prison formations within their jurisdictions and release inmates that should not be there, especially those with cases dating as far back as 2012-2014 lacking case files among others,” she said.
She noted that the exercise which was the second in 2017 Legal year was aimed at giving pardon to inmates who had been in custody without trial over a long period of time.
She, however, charged all stakeholders in the administration of Justice to accelerate trial of cases and make effective use of the fast track clinics provided by the state government to achieve the set objective of decongesting the prisons across the State.
Admonishing the pardoned inmates after their release the chief judge asked them to make the best use of the amnesty and shun crime and criminal activities capable of bringing them back to prison.