The Niger State Chief Judge, Fati Abubabkar, on Wednesday released 70 inmates from Minna prisons.
Ms. Abubakar announced the gestures during a visit to the facility as part of efforts to reduce overcrowding in prisons in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minna old prison has a total of 467 inmates with 82 convicts and 385 awaiting trial, while the new prisons has 418 inmates, comprising 314 awaiting trial and 104 convicts.
NAN also reports that the freed inmates were mostly those awaiting trial with offences ranging from armed robbery, culpable homicide to conspiracy.
The chief judge, who granted bail to 11 others, urged the Director of Public Prosecutions to hasten the trial of inmates and advised those freed from prison to be of good conduct and shun criminal acts.
In his remarks, the controller of the new Minna Prisons, Deputy Controller Jibrin Mohammed, commended the chief judge for the visit.
He called for assistance from the state government, adding that the prison has only one functional Green Maria.
“As at today, the prison has only one functional medium Green Maria, making logistics very cumbersome.
“That is why some of the inmates are making appearance at the court late. We want to also appeal for the repair of the second vehicle,” he said.