Musa Isa Ahmed
Justices Ishaya Banu, the Adamawa State Chief Judge, recently granted freedom to 118 inmates awaiting trials at the Jimeta prison.
The gesture who has part of effort by the Jail Delivery Committee to review the cases of inmates that are awaiting trials, with a view to decongesting the over-crowded prison in the state.
“As part of prerogative of mercy we came to review cases of those awaiting trials and see those that should get bail and also those we feel should be set free,” Banu said.
“Like you can see today some of the inmate released was based on long stay in the prison , those with health problems and under age inmates.”
The open court visit of the chief judge reviewed 396 case in Jemita prison.
Those who got their freedom include 6 under age boys, two cases of serious health challenges, while others freed include cases of wondering, assault and theft of handsets while 31 of the 118 released were granted bail.
The Jemita prison which was built in 1938 has a capacity for 300 inmate but before the open court visit of the CJ, over 680 inmates are awaiting trials in the prison.
In an interview with one of the freed inmate who was charged with robbery, Peter Augustine thanked God for the freedom stressing that he was never involved in any robbery case but the police framed him up.
“I am a computer operator in Michika, Adamawa state but I thank God for my freedom.”
” What I saw and the experience l had in the last one year in prison and in the hands of police keeps me wondering if the Nigerian Police is your friend.”
Justice Ishaya Banu in his address to the released inmates charged them to be citizens stressing that their stay and eventual released from prison should serve as a lesson.
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