Lagos - The Chief Judge(CJ) of Lagos
State, Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, on Wednesday released 21 inmates from
the Kirikiri Medium Prisons of the state.
It is reported that the prison
currently has 92 convicted and 2,452 awaiting-trial inmates.
Atilade speaking at a short ceremony at the prison's
compound before the release admonished the released inmates to "go and sin
She decried the recurring problem of awaiting-trial
detainees in prisons who had spent an unreasonable amount of time without
"I will ensure that those released into the society are
adequately counseled and followed up," she said.
She also enjoined the released prisoners to make use of the
various skills they had acquired while in prison custody and to desist from
"We urge you to make good use of the skills you have acquired and desist
from committing offences as Lagos state has zero tolerance for crime." she
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Earlier, DCP Kayode Odeyemi, the Officer-In-Charge of the
medium prison, in his opening remarks had commended the Chief Judge for her
visit to the prison to release the inmates.
"Today the criminal justice system of Lagos state has
taken a great leap in seeing that justice is done to all because I believe a
good number of the inmates with minor offences will be let off the hook."
Odeyemi said that the prison is facing logistics challenges
in conveying inmates to and from the prisons from the courts.
"I implore the Chief Judge to make a case for us with
the state for the provision of trucks and buses to convey inmates to and from
the courts as we are facing serious logistics challenges in this area."
He, however, appreciated the immediate past governor of the
state, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) for the approval of the fortification of the
security apparatus of the prison.
Odeyemi also commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for continuing
the state government’s project in the prison.
"This gesture by Lagos state will go a long way in
assisting the Federal Government in maintaining peace and security of its
citizens, especially at this period that the nation is going through
insurgency," Odeyemi said.
It is reported that the release of inmates is pursuant to the
Provisions of Section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Special
Provision Act, CAP C40, 2007, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
The section empowers the Chief Judge to grant freedom to
inmates who had spent a period longer than what they ought to have spent, if
they were convicted for the offences they were charged with.