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In Osun Chief Judge frees 16 inmates of Ile-Ife, Ilesa Prisons

The state's Chief Judge decried the manner at which cases of the freed inmates were handled.

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(The American Reader)

Osun Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo, on Thursday freed 16 inmates of both Ile-Ife Prisons and Ilesa Prisons awaiting trial.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three inmates regained freedom at the Ile-Ife Prisons while 13 inmates from the Ilesa Prisons on grounds of overstaying in prisons, ill health and minor offences.

The released inmates from Ilesa Prisons were Monday Effiong, Tunde Olalekan, Adekunle Idowu, Abu Bello, Gbenga Aroko, Lateef Bamidele and Raphael Akinlabi.

Others include an 80-year-old woman, Oyedeji Aisha, Ezekiel Igwe, Adebare Monsuratu, Aliu Ishaka and Samuel Olaoye.

Those freed at the Ile-Ife Prisons are Popoola Aliu, Emmanuel Badmus and Dauda Olaiya.

Ojo decried the manner at which cases of the freed inmates were handled and urged prison officials not to unjustly delay cases.

She appealed to prison officials to always take inmates to court for their trials rather than keeping them behind bars for unjust reasons.

Mr Ajagun Matthew, the Officer-in-Charge of Ile-Ife Prisons, lauded the exercise as a measure to decongest both prisons.

Matthew that said he believed the freed inmates would turn a new leaf and be better citizens.

He said that 263 inmates were presently in the prison while 215 were awaiting trial.

“The apparent slow paste of judicial proceedings and the attitudes of some lawyers hamper fair trial of cases,’’ he said.

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