Birnin Kebbi - The Chief Judge of Kebbi, Justice Bala Mairiga, on Monday ordered the unconditional released of three awaiting trial inmates and 16 convicts.
Mairiga, who was on a visit to the Birnin Kebbi old and medium prison, also ordered that four awaiting trial inmates be admitted at the Psychiatric Hospital for treatment.
He said the release of the inmates was in line with Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Justice Release Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2007.
The 16 released convicts were under-aged and were convicted for theft and miscellaneous offences.
Mairiga ordered the transfer of some criminal cases from Birnin Kebbi to Zuru and Yauri Divisions for quick dispensation of justice.
The chief judge said the transfer became necessary because the offence was committed in Zuru and Yauri, and the evidence and witnesses were there.
He also advised inmates to present sureties through the prisons welfare department to obtain bail.
A mild drama ensured between the police and Ministry of Justice over the missing case files of many inmates with both parties accusing each other.
The Acting Director of Public Prosecution, Kabiru Aliyu, defended the judiciary, stressing that records were available.
Mairiga, however, identified the communication breakdown between the ministry and police as the reason for delay on administration of justice.
"My visit today was aimed at removing hurdles on file movement between police and the department of public prosecution to expedite speedy dispensation of justice.
"By the end of the year, many awaiting trial cases would be determined in the state," he added.
The Birnin Kebbi Medium prison, with a capacity for 240 inmates, had 171 convicts, 20 condemn prisoners, three lifers and one awaiting trial case.
The Deputy Comptroller of prisons in-charge of old prison, Aliyu Muhammed, commended the chief judge for the visit, and called for facilities to treat inmates in the prisons.
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