The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Ayotunde Phillips, on Thursday released 129 inmates from the Ikoyi Prisons in Lagos. Ms. Phillips ordered the release when she paid a visit to the prison, as part of activities marking the 2013/2014 Legal Year of the State Judiciary. The Chief Judge had on Wednesday released another batch of 119 inmates from the Kirikiri Medium and Maximum Security Prisons in Lagos.
She reiterated her commitment towards decongesting the prisons, adding that the inmates being released had spent many years awaiting trial. “It is very sad to note that there are so many inmates awaiting trial despite our modest attempt to decongest the prison. “However, I am very glad to hear that none of the inmates released on my last visit to Ikoyi Prison in Nov. 2012, have made their way back here,” she said. She, therefore, advised the freed inmates to use their talents to make positive impact in the society.
The release is pursuant to the Provisions of Section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Special Provisions Act, CAP C40, 2007, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. The section empowers the chief judge to grant freedom to inmates who had spent a period longer than what they ought to have spent if they were convicted for the offences they were charged with.
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