Why I released 124 suspected ‘criminals’ in Oyo prisons ahead of Xmas—Chief Judge

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The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, has released a total of 124 suspected criminals awaiting their trials in some prison formations in the state.

Oyo town.

Justice Abimbola said the beneficiaries were set free on the ground that some of them were found to have stayed too long in custody, some  on health grounds and the rest on  sympathetic ground.

The judge release a total of 40 from Medium Security Prison, Abolongo in Oyo Town

They were from a list of 106 inmates recommended for consideration by the Prison’s authorities.

The Oyo CJ had on Thursday, also released 84 inmates from the Agodi Prison, Ibadan, the capital city.

In all, 124 inmates were released at the end of the two day exercise led by the Oyo CJ.

Upon mention of the case of the recommended inmates, the facts of each case were presented with the CJ seeking the counsel of other stakeholders present before taking a decision on each inmate.

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The session which lasted  almost six hours inside the Abolongo Prisons was witnessed by top judicial officers, prison officials, magistrates, officials of the directorate of public prosecution, the state attorney general, lawyers, prosecutors, police and officials of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Most of the released inmates were shown mercy after being found remorseful for the offences levelled against them.

Justice Abimbola said the beneficiaries were set free on the ground that some of them were found to have stayed too long in custody, some  on health grounds and the rest on  sympathetic ground.

In a brief remarks before commencing the session, Justice Abimbola noted that the exercise was not to release hardened criminals into the society but to ensure that justice is done to all.