Ogun moves to de-congest prisons

Prison inmates used to illustrate the story
Prison inmates used to illustrate the story

The governor granted amnesty to 15 inmates in commemoration of his third year in office.

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The Ogun State Government on Tuesday said it has put in place modalities that will ensure speedy dispensation of justice so that prisons can be decongested.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Abimbola Akeredolu, made this known in Abeokuta while speaking with journalists. She said the government also aims at reducing the large number of inmates awaiting trial.

Ms. Akeredolu said the governor, who granted amnesty to 15 inmates in commemoration of his third year in office, was moved by the deplorable condition of prison formations. He subsequently met with stakeholders in the criminal justice system, including the Chief Judge, Controller of Prisons, Commissioner of Police and herself.

“Our people should expect that justice will begin to be dispensed more speedily. Case files will be brought to court faster, so that the number of those awaiting trial will be significantly reduced in the very near future,” Mr. Akeredolu said.

The commissioner also said the governor, during his visit to prison formations in Oba, Ilaro and Abeokuta deployed health officials to attend to inmates with bad health conditions.

She said the State Controller of Prisons, Joseph Olanrele, revealed that 450 inmates are awaiting trial and added that the state governor mandated stakeholders to ensure that those who are not supposed to be behind bars are released.

Mr. Olanrele called on the populace to join the Nigeria Prison Service in its efforts at providing vocational skills to inmates, noting that the provision of adequate training facilities would help empower the inmates.


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