Kebbi - The Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Bala Mairiga, has ordered the unconditional release of 58 awaiting trial inmates and convicts in prisons located in Yauri and Zuru local government areas.
Mairiga, who was on a Review Visit to the Yauri and Zuru medium prisons on Tuesday, also ordered that one awaiting trial inmate be taken to the psychiatric hospital for treatment.
Eight inmates were released on medical grounds. Others were awaiting trial cases involving "traditional abduction of wives’’, breach of trust, adultery and fighting.
Mairiga said the criminal justice administration committee would review the legal provisions on the traditional abduction of wives which was very common around Zuru and Yauri axis.
He also advised Sharia court judges to avoid indiscriminate detention of minors and seek proper advice from medical doctors in ascertaining the proper and exact age of young suspects.
Mairiga said the judiciary would sustain the visit with a view to decongesting the prisons.
The Yauri Medium Security Prison had 98 convicts and 20 awaiting trial inmates.
Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in charge of Yauri prison, Ndeshin Nma, commended the chief judge for pledging to construct a motorised borehole for the prison.
Rabuda Noma, who was detained for stealing a sheep worth N5 000, said he would never steal again.
"Today is my wedding day; I do not know the situation with my bride due to my detention. I will never steal again’’, Noma said.
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