Abuja – A Nigerian judge has bemoaned the lengthy detention of prisoners without trial.
Justice Shadrach Nwanosike of the Abia State appealed to the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Legal Department of the Abia State Police Command to ensure suspects’ dockets were presented to court in a timely manner to avoid a backlog of cases and to ensure appropriate dispensation of justice.
He said this while he released suspects and granted bail to another five that have been kept in prison for some time.
The inmates were released from the Umuahia Prison in Ebonyi and the Aba Prison in Ohafia.
Some of these have been behind bars since 2006 without being charged in court for various crimes such as assault and malicious damage to property, which Nwanosike said warranted bail.
Nwanosike said if the suspects had been prosecuted, they would have finished serving their sentences.
The slow dispensation of justice has been blamed for the overcrowding in Nigerian prisons.
A recent government report established that the number of inmates awaiting trial was far above that of convicts.
In the 173 prisons audited the number of convicts was 13 901 compared to awaiting trial inmates of 35 889.
- CAJ News