Ibadan - The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, on Thursday pardoned eight inmates of the Abolongo Prisons in Oyo town. Adeniji ordered the inmates to be freed when he paid a visit to the prison on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the freed inmates were pardoned from the 76 cases considered by the State’s Committee on Speedy Administration of Justice, headed by the CJ. They were on awaiting trial list for alleged offences such as assault, stealing, felony, fraud and other offenses.
Before their release, the chief judge told the inmates to consider themselves fortunate, saying: "out of the many presented here today, you have been pardoned. However, you should never go back to crime because if you do so and you are caught nobody will have mercy on you. You ought to have learnt your lessons, which should serve as deterrents for you to go and not to commit similar offenses or even greater ones,” she said.
On the increasing rate of crime involving youths, Adeniji advised parents to avoid pursuing money at the expense of taking care of their children. "Parents are the earthly caretakers of these children, but most parents are careless with their children, thereby exposing their wards to peer group influence. It is shameful if you cannot take care of your children. I agree that money is useful, but money is not everything. You have no hope if you have all the money, but your children are wayward,’’ Adeniji said.
NAN reports that one of the freed inmates, Abubakar Musa, had spent 10 months in prison custody awaiting trial for stealing a pair of Jeans trousers, valued at N1, 500. NAN also reports that Adeniji had on Dec. 28 performed a similar exercise at the Agodi Prisons, Ibadan, and pardoned 22 inmates.
The chief Judge was accompanied by six State High judges and magistrates from Oyo, Kisi, Ogbomosho, Saki, Oke-Iho and Isehin.