Decongest the correctional centers and ensure quick dispensation of justice, the Acting Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi, has released four inmates, Abdullahi Usman, Zakari Yau Abdullahi, Tijani Abdullai, and Sayo Joseph unconditionally.
The acting chief judge hinged his reasons on issues bothering on health ground and overstay in detention or delay in the prosecution of the accused.
Justice Olusuyi handed out the order of release on the concerned inmates while on tour in Kabba and Okene correctional centers in his attempt to decongest the Centres in the state.
Abdullai Usman, one of the released inmates was diagnosed with diabetes, and scabies has been detained for over one year in Kabba correctional center for alleged criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The Acting Chief Judge, who acted based on the medical report of Usman before him, said the accused has been detained for too long without trial, and as such he sent him free to go and treat himself of the ailment.
While reviewing the cases of 210 inmates, which consist of 50 convicts and 160 awaiting trials at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kabba yesterday, Justice Olusuyi acted on the advice of the report of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Officer in Charge of Legal matters of the police on Usman and others case.
Ruling on Usman’s case, Justice Olusiyi said: “The accused person has been in detention for more than one year, neither the DPP nor OC legal has details of him. It is not just to continue to keep him here any further. The accused is hereby released unconditionally forthwith”.
In the same vein, Zakari Yahu Abdullahi, who has been in custody since May 2020 in the same Kabba correctional center for alleged trespass, shop breaking, and theft, was also released by Justice Olusiyi.
‘” The accused has been in custody since May and is enough for him to learn from his mistake. The accused should return to the society and turn a new leave,” he said.
Also, Sayo Joseph, accused of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, and kidnapping, was released as Justice Olusiyi said the accused has no prima facie case to answer.
At the Okene Custodian Center with 74 inmates, 36 convicted and 38 awaiting trial, Tijani Abdullahi who had been in custody for 14 months (11th July 2019 precisely) for theft and assault also regained his freedom.
“The defendant had stayed in custody for too long, hence, there is a need to release him as he must have also learned his lessons. The defendant is hereby released unconditionally”.
Earlier, the station Officer in Charge of Kabba Custodial Centre, Chief Superintendent of Correction, Shuaibu Ishaku highlighted some of the center’s challenges which includes, insufficient water supply, training workshop to enable the inmates to have access to reformation skills and computer system for inmates training.
However, the Acting CJ, faulted the remand proceedings in the law, saying, it’s being abused as he reviewed over 200 inmates cases in the Kabba and Okene correctional centers.
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