Niger - The Chief Judge of Niger, Justice Jibrin Ndajiwo, on Thursday granted amnesty to 29 inmates in Bida, Agaie and Lapai prisons.
Ndajiwo visited Bida, Agaie and Lapai prisons, where he freed 13, five and 11 inmates respectively.
The Chief Judge's visit was part of the annual rite aimed at decongesting prisons across the state.
Ndajiwo said that his prisons’ tour was to ensure that the inmates did not stay longer in detention than the period they would spent in prison if they had been convicted.
He said the visit was also aimed at ensuring that inmates who had served substantial part of their sentences, terminally sick inmates and those who had exhibited good character while serving their jail terms, were considered for amnesty.
Earlier, Mr Babayo Maisanda, the Deputy Controller of Prison in charge of Bida Prison, said that the prison had 46 inmates, adding that 29 of them were serving various jail terms, while 17 were still awaiting trial.
Similarly, Abubakar Ladan, the Superintendent of Prison in charge of Agaie Prison, said that the prison had 13 convicted inmates.
Also speaking, Mr Lawal Idris, the Superintendent of Prison in charge of Lapai Prison, said that the prison had 33 inmates, adding that 30 of the inmates were convicts, while three were awaiting trial.
The Chief Judge had on Monday and Tuesday freed 65 and 35 inmates at Minna Old Prison and Minna Medium Security Prison respectively.