Lagos - The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, on Wednesday said the state had released over 700 prison inmates in various prisons across the state in the past two years.
Atilade made the disclosure in Lagos at an event organised by the UN Information Centre (UNIC), Nigerian Prisons Service and Lagos State Judiciary to mark this year’s International Human Rights Day.
The theme of this year’s event is: "Human Rights 365."
It highlighted the idea and need for everyone to see everyday as human rights day.
"As we all know, Lagos State has been championing the cause of human rights protection and will continue to do so.
"We have in the last two years released over 700 inmates in different prisons in Lagos State and we are going to be releasing more inmates soon,’’ she said.
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Represented by the Deputy Registrar (Legal) of the High Court of Lagos, Emmanuel Ogundare, Atilade said the move was aimed at reducing the number of inmates in the state’s prisons.
She said she was working assiduously to ensure that issues of human rights protection were carried out in the state on a daily basis.
The chief judge also said that she would wade into the Ikoyi Prisons inmates’ complaints of undue adjournment of their cases and denial of fair hearing on their accusations.