Kogi - The Chief Judge Kogi, Justice Nasir Ajanah, on Tuesday released four awaiting trial inmates and granted bail to one for unjust and illegal incarceration at the Medium Security Prison, Kabba.
The beneficiaries included Joseph Kashuwa, Safiu Lawal, Isiaka Mohammed and Mohammed Tambuyah while Mohammed Haruna was granted bail.
Ajanah said the continuous incarceration of Kashuwa was unjustifiable as the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had issued an advice for his release in November last year.
He said the DPP had said there was no prima facie case established against him.
The chief judge wondered why he was left in detention in spite of the legal advice exonerating him of any wrong doing and therefore ordered his release.
Lawal, who was charged with criminal trespass and being in possession of items suspected to be stolen, had not been taken to court since June 2013.
Ajanah said the police and the DPP were not aware of the case, adding that the action contravened the letters and spirit of the constitution.
He ordered his unconditional release.
Isiaka Mohammed and Mohammed Tambuyah were both charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and an attempt to steal.
The chief judge, however, ordered their release as the police’s First Information Report (FIR) did not say what they wanted to steal or whether they actually stole anything.
The prison had 54 inmates made up of 28 convicts and the 26 awaiting trial.
Ajanah commended the people of the area for the prevailing low crime rate.
He urged the public and law enforcement agencies to sustain the peace, saying it was fundamental to the development of any society.
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