Osun - The outgoing Chief Judge of Osun, Justice Olaniyi Ojo, on Thursday granted pardon to 14 inmates awaiting trial at Ilesa and Ile-Ife prisons in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that eight of the inmates freed were from Ilesa prison, while the remaining six were from Ile-Ife prison.
The lucky inmates included those who had overstayed in prison, some were down with ill-health and others who committed minor offences.
Among the released inmates were Adewale Okeowo and Arogundade Abiodun, who had been in detention for 11 years without trial over alleged armed robbery.
Ojo noted that there was abnormality in the way the cases of the freed inmates were handled, adding that they were unjustly delayed.
He, therefore, appealed to the freed persons to change for the better and engage in meaningful ventures.
In his remarks, Mr Kunle Babalola, the Deputy Controller of Prisons Services in Osun, lauded the exercise as one that would go a long way in decongesting both prisons.
He expressed the hope that the released inmates would have another opportunity to become good citizens.