Ogun CJ condemns prison congestion, frees 46 inmates - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Ogun CJ condemns prison congestion, frees 46 inmates

By Demilade Michael

The Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, has granted amnesty to another 46 inmates during a jail delivery exercise at Oba and Ibara Correctional Centres in Abeokuta, the State capital.

 31 inmates were released from the Oba Correctional Centre, while 15 were released from Ibara Correctional Centre, bringing the total number of inmates granted amnesty to 49.

Recall that that Justice Dipeolu had earlier granted amnesty to three inmates at the Ilaro Correctional Centre.

Speaking during the visit, the Chief Judge, accompanied by a team of Hon. Judge of the state High Court, Director of Public Prosecution Management, as well as some officials, including the state Controller and Assistant Controller, Correctional Centre, said cases of inmates were reviewed, leading to freedom granted to those deemed deserving.

At Oba Correctional Centre, Justice Dipeolu expressed concern over overcrowding and dire conditions of the facility, stating that, “We cannot ignore the plight of those awaiting trial; many of whom have been incarcerated for years without conviction”.

She emphasised the need for swift justice and rehabilitation, rather than mere punishment, to address the root causes of congestion.

Also speaking at Ibara Correctional Centre, the Chief Judge commended the facility’s management for their efforts in maintaining a relatively better environment, urging them to do more to address the lingering issues.

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