Prison Decongestion: Three Inmates Regain Freedom In Kogi
The Acting Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi, has ordered the release of three inmates in three correctional centres across the state.
The Acting CJ who was on visit to the correctional centres in Okene, Kabba and Kotonkarfi reviewed 210 cases presented to him.
He ordered the release of an accused person, Abdullahi Usman, unconditionally from Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kabba,
Usman, who was diagnosed of diabetes, and scabies and has been detained for over one year for alleged criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The Acting Chief Judge, who acted based on the medical report brought before him, said the accused has been detained for too long without trial.
In reviewing the cases, Justice Olusiyi acted on the advice from the report of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Officer in Charge of Legal matters in the Police.
Ruling on Usman’s case, Justice Olusiyi said “The accused person has been in detention for more than one year, neither the DPP or OC legal has details of him.
“It is not just fair to continue to keep him here any further. The accused is hereby released unconditional forthwith.”
Another suspect, Zakari Yahu Abdullahi, who has been in custody since May 2020 for alleged trespass, shop breaking and theft, was also released by Justice Olusiyi after being remanded at KotonKarfi Correctional Center.
‘”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.
In the same vein, 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 need to release him as he must had also learnt his lessons. The defendant is hereby released unconditionally”.
Justice Olusiyi, however, in his remarks lamented that the remands proceeding in the law is being abused.
Earlier, the station Officer in Charge of Kabba Custodial Centre, Chief Superintendent of Correction, Shuaibu Ishaku, in his welcome address, highlighted some of the center challenges which include insufficient water supply for inmates use, training workshop equipped with tools to enable the inmates have access to reformation skills and computer system for inmates training.