Oyo CJ frees 18 sick inmates, 20 others


The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Iyabo Yerima, on Monday, granted amnesty to 38 inmates at the Oyo Medium Security Custodial Centre, Abolongo, Oyo town.

Justice Yerima, who was at the custodial centre on Tuesday, said the pardon of the inmates was part of measures to decongest the facility by discharging those who had been denied access to justice.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that among the 38 inmates, 18 were released on health grounds, having diseases such as septicemia, liver cirrhosis, severe rashes, and epilepsy.

NAN recalls that 33 inmates had earlier been released on Monday by the CJ at Agodi Custodial Centre, Ibadan, bringing the number of inmates released in the state to 71.

Justice Yerima said some of the released inmates had spent more time than what they could possibly serve given the offences they were charged with.

While stressing that the gesture would bring succour to the released inmates, she expressed hope that they had learnt their lessons and would go on to live peaceably within society.

“Some inmates were released on compassionate grounds, some, due to sicknesses, while some regained freedom because they had overstayed; others because the legal advice says they should be released.

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