The Kogi State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, has released nine prisoners awaiting trial in Okene Prison in the wake of the 2019 prison tour.
The prisoners he unconditionally released were: Ige Kekere, Onipe Ojo, Balegi Agbaje, Danjuma Eguru, Adamu Audu, Samuel Emmanuel and Uzochi Ebuka, whom he called a psychiatric case and declared unsuitable for trial.
Others which the Chief Judge released on bail were: Onimisi Fatai Sadiq and Shaibu Yusuf.
Ajanah, who freed the inmates on Wednesday in Okene, said the exercise was in line with the powers bestowed on him by the law.
He explained that the visit to prisons was aimed at decongesting the prisons and aiding in the smooth transition from Nigeria Prison Service to Nigeria Correctional Facility.
While reviewing the cases of the inmates, who were remanded on offences bordering on criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, theft, criminal intimidation, rape, and attempt to commit murder, Ajanah said incarceration of an inmate for more than 4 years without progressive trial was unconstitutional no matter how justified an offence is.
He appealed to the released inmates to be of good behavior so that they do not return to the prison.
Previously, Okene Prison’s Comptroller said there were 68 inmates out of whom 38 were convicted and 28 were awaiting trial, including 1 woman each.
We had previously indicated that ; Justice Ajanah released nine prisoners in Koton Karfe Prison while three others received bail and one requested medical examination.