In Abia Chief Judge grants bail to 6 persons awaiting trial

Six persons awaiting trial in Federal Prison in Abia have granted bail by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Theresa Uzokwe.

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The Chief Judge of Abia, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, has granted bail to six accused persons remanded in  the Federal Prison in Umuahia  for periods ranging from two years to nine years.

Uzokwe  granted bail to the six while conducting  a` jail delivery’ on Tuesday, added that the  exercise was not aimed at releasing criminals but to reduce the cases of unlawful detention.

She urged the prison authority to prepare a comprehensive list of those  accused of heinous  crimes who have not been taken to the high court before the end of January 2017.

According to her, this will  facilitate speedy trials and dispensation of justice to reduce the number of those awaiting trial.

She also urged the prison authority to send the list to relevant agencies to enable such  agencies to file suits against the suspects  to avert  unlawful detention and address the issue of expired warrants.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the six accused persons, made up of two females and four males, allegedly committed crimes  such as  theft, murder, conspiracy and armed robbery.

NAN also reports that the prison, which can accommodate 500 inmates has a total of 1,005 inmates,while  916 males and 45 females are awaiting trial. 

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