Ebonyi - The Chief Judge of Ebonyi, Alloy Nwankwo, on Thursday discharged nine awaiting trial inmates and granted bail to 23 others at the Abakaliki Prison.
The chief judge released the inmates during a jail delivery in line with the powers granted him by the Prison Act, Cap 79 of 1990.
He said the law empowered the CJN and CJs to move into any prison within their jurisdiction and exercise their powers of discretion regarding criminal matters.
According to him, beneficiaries of the exercise were inmates whose case files were either missing, denied justice or have over-stayed their required jail term in prison.
Nwankwo pointed out that the exercise was not aimed at opening prison gates for criminals to walk away as that could pose serious danger to the society.
“The exercise is only to give justice to those of you who may have been wrongly denied this justice,’’ he said.
The chief judge advised the freed prisoners to be of good behaviour and avoid acts that could bring them back to the prison.
Nwankwo also charged those granted bail to ensure that they did not contravene their bail conditions.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the nine discharged inmates were on awaiting trial for periods ranging from three years to nine years for alleged theft, burglary, assault and possession of fake naira notes.
The 23 inmates granted bail were awaiting trial for various capital offences, including alleged cases of arson, rape and attempted murder.