Thursday, 1 November 2012

Ogun Free 42 Inmates

 The Ogun State judicial has set free 42 inmates from five prisons across Ogun State.

This was made known by Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, at the end of her official visit to the prisons in Ibara, Oba, Ilaro, Ijebu-Ode and Sagamu areas of the state.

Three out of the 42 inmates were females.

Those that regained their freedom were imprisoned for various offence ranging from robbery, murder and other sundry criminal acts.

Justice Olopade set free 15 inmates in Ilaro, five in Abeokuta, 9 in Oba, 9 in Ijebu and four in Sagamu prisons.

The Chief Judge while speaking with newsmen at the end of the visit in Sagamu, chided the Investigating Unit of Legal Department of the Nigeria Police over slow pace of investigating issues involving majority of the inmates.

She hinted that Magistrates also complained about the un-cooperative attitudes of prosecuting officers.

She identified issues of missing case files, no witnesses as some of the factors responsible for delay in judicial process and over congestion in all the prisons visited.

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