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Ogun CJ sets free13 prisoners

30 October 2012, 12:04

Ogun - The Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Tokunbo Olopade, on Monday set free 13 inmates in Ijebu-Ode and Sagamu prisons.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the inmates were released during the visit of the chief judge to the two prisons.

Nine inmates including four women regained their freedom in Ijebu ode while an additional four in Sagamu prison had their sentences quashed.

The offences committed by the former inmates ranged from wandering, stealing, inability to repay loans as well as fighting.

Speaking during the visit, Olopade decried the attitude of the police in duplicating case files of the inmates, which she said, was making efforts at releasing those unjustly detained difficult.

She said many inmates had been in prison for more than three years because the police refused to duplicate their files or on the excuse of ``no case file’’.

Olopade promised to convene a meeting of stakeholders to address the issue.

``It is unfortunate that the police always come up with this type of attitude whenever we are on this jail delivery exercise and this attitude is not complementing our efforts at all and at the same time prolongs the stay of the inmates in the prison yard.``

Meanwhile, Mr Victor Oyeleke, the Public Relations Officer of Ogun Prisons Command, said a total of 44 prison inmates had so far regained their freedom following the visit by the state chief judge.


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