Bauchi State freed 35 prisoners on Tuesday as part of efforts to decongest prisons.
A statement issued by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Prisons Service Bauchi Command, Adam Jibrin, said the inmates were freed after a review of their cases by the acting Chief Judge of the state, Hamidu Kunaza, who visited to Bauchi prison.
The discharged inmates were mostly those awaiting trial, the statement said.
The statement said the chief judge also called on the other inmates to look forward to his next visit which he said would be periodic.
Justice Kunaza commended the Comptroller of Nigeria Prisons Service Bauchi Command, Sidi Muhammad, as well as men and women of the command for their selfless service and dedication.
Responding the Comptroller, Sidi Muhammad, congratulated the Acting Chief Judge over his appointment. He wished him a successful tenure in office.
Mr. Mohammed expressed his appreciation for the visit, adding that the exercise would go a long way in easing tension in the prison and hoped that similar visits would be paid to other prisons within his command.
The comptroller said the Bauchi Prison was established in 1820 with the capacity to only cater for only 500 inmates.
He however lamented that the prison now has 1,041 in mates out of which 774 were Awaiting Trial Inmates while 267 were convicted inmates.
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