Story by Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, on Wednesday granted amnesty to 26 prisoners who were awaiting trials in the state.
Dipeolu gave the amnesty during a three-day tour to the five prison formations across the three Senatorial Districts in the state.
She said the amnesty was a show of her prerogative power as the number one judicial officer in the state.
The Chief judge released two inmates at the Sagamu Prison, nine at Ijebu-Ode, three at Ilaro, while five and seven were released at the new Abeokuta, Oba and Ibara prisons respectively.
While granting amnesty to the inmates, Dipeolu said the second quarter’s prisons jail delivery was aimed at decongesting prison formations of inmates and curb jail breaks.
She explained that after reviewing their cases, inmates with no case files and medical records, among others, were discharged.
She said, “The inmates were released with a view to decongesting the prisons and the exercise is in accordance with the service of the law under the custody act.
“I want to appeal to the released inmates to be of good behaviour so that they do not return to the prison.”
She urged government to build more prison formations as some prisons had doubled their capacity which was not good for the inmates’ health.
In his remarks, the Controller of Prisons, Ogun State Command, Mr. Benson Victor, who was represented by the Assistant Controller of Prisons, noted that the exercise was part of unexpected justice and liberties which further attested to the respite of jail delivery to the prisons community and a great impetus to the judiciary in the state.