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Kogi chief judge releases 2 inmates

13 March 2014, 11:16

Kogi - Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Nasir Ajanah, on Wednesday pardoned two inmates, Yusuf Hadi-Tijani and Gowon Jimoh, at Okene prison.

Ajanah also granted bail to Abdulmalik Yakubu from Okene prison when he reviewed the  warrants of Awaiting Trial Inmates at the Medium Security Prisons, Okene.

He said the prison, with capacity for 160 inmates had 77 inmates with 47 convicts and 30 awaiting trials.

He said that the prosecution had little or nothing on its charge sheet to keep Jimoh standing trial for conspiracy and theft in the prison.

The chief Judge said that he granted bail to Yakubu, with criminal intimidation, to enjoy his freedom while standing trial.

He said Hadi-Tijani, charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, criminal intimidation and kidnapping was wrongly charged.

The chief judge said that the police discovered that the accused had taken some wrong steps as a result of failed business transaction without any criminal intention.

"However, from the explanations offered by the accused, it will appear that though some wrongs have been committed by the accused, the wrongs are not such to warrant his continuous incarceration.

"He has already spent two months and I believe the months spent is sufficient punishment for the wrong which is said to be devoid of any criminal intention.

"In the circumstance, I hereby release the accused unconditionally from detention," he said.

Ajanah commended what he called considerable reduction in crime and criminal activities in the central senatorial district of the state.

He said that crime rate in the area was at its lowest ebb compared to what obtained in the previous years.

The chief judge commended security agencies and people of the senatorial district, especially the youth for their resolve to toe the path of peace.

The chief judge in the course of the visit also inaugurated the completed Upper Area Court in Okengwe in Okene Local Government Area.

He advised the community to forget the acrimonies of the past and forge a relationship of peaceful coexistence.

-  NAN

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