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Ekiti CJ frees 21 inmates

Ekiti CJ frees 21 inmates

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
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The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, has set 21 awaiting trial inmates free from the Federal Prisons, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state.

Justice Daramola ordered their release after interacting with a total number of 327 awaiting trial inmates during his annual visit to the prison.

The awaiting trial inmates who regained their freedom are those charged with lesser offences ranging from stealing and other baseless offences.

Other awaiting trial inmates were also set free on health grounds.

Addressing stakeholders before the commencement of the review of the cases of the awaiting trial inmates, Justice Daramola debunked the insinuation that the purpose of the visit was to set prisoners free.

The CJ clarified that the purpose of the visit was to see how the inmates were being kept and to see to their welfare.

He charged stakeholders in the criminal justice system to play their roles according to the dictates of the law in order to prevent overcrowding of the prison facility.

Justice Daramola urged ministers in the temple of justice to always handle their cases diligently, noted that the move will fast-track dispensation of justice in Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria in general.

The CJ admonished the beneficiaries of his prerogative of mercy to go and sin no more and be useful to the society henceforth.

Stakeholders present during the visit frowned at inadequate funding of Nigerian prisons calling on the Federal Government to provide more funds for the prisons.

In his remarks, the Deputy Comptroller, Federal Prisons, Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Olusola Babatunde, explained that the 500-capacity prison facility under his control has been well managed since his assumption of office.

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