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Imo CJ frees 2 prison inmates

04 April 2013, 10:09

Owerri  - The Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Benjamin Njemanze, on Wednesday freed two inmates of Owerri Prison, Kenneth Ugwuagu and Chidi Uzoukwu, during his prison visit.

Njemanze also granted another inmate, Uchenna Opara, who has spent nine years in custody, bail and urged him to report in court regularly.

The CJ said it was necessary to visit the prison for to de-congest it because of its small capacity.

He said the state had not established any psychiatric hospital where prisoners with psychiatric problems could be examined and treated.

The CJ said that one of the three freed inmates had psychiatric problem, saying that it was dangerous to allow such a person move into the society.

He promised that a prerogative of mercy committee would soon be set up with the responsibility to recommend convicted persons for state pardon.

The Deputy Controller of Prisons, Ndubuisi Ogbodo, appealed to the government to provide more vehicles to the command to enable it to discharge its duties.

Ogbodo said the Owerri Prison had 43 courts to service with only three functional vehicles, adding that such constraint could affect the effectiveness of the command.

He commended the CJ for de-congesting the prison, saying that the number of inmates was far more than the capacity.


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