Chief Judge Pardons 33 Prison Inmates in Rivers
The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice I.A Lamikanra has granted pardon to 33 prison inmates who were set free at at the Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison.
The Jail Delivery favoured 33 Awaiting Trial Inmates including a Female Inmate that was charged with child trafficking. Others were charged with Armed Robbery, cultism, and Conspiracy that have have spent five years and above, and would have served out their sentences if convicted on the day they were remanded in Prison custody.
10 others were also granted bail with various conditions to be met before leaving the confines of the Prison.
Justice Lamikanra was accompanied to Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison by other Senior Judges, Chief Magistrates, Officials of the Department of Public Prosecution and the Legal Aid Council to carry out the routine Jail delivery as part of her efforts to decongest the Prisons in line with provisions of the State Criminal Justice Administration Law.
The Chief Judge advice the discharged Inmates to go home and start a new life with different skill acquisitions they have learnt in the Prison or go back to farming.
In a welcome address delivered on behalf of the Controller of Prisons, Rivers State Command, Olumide Tinuoye, by the in charge Port Harcourt Maximum security Prison, Deputy Controller of Prison, Felix Lawrence, appreciated the Chief Judge and her entourage for taking steps to decongest the Prisons.
Some of the freed Inmates who spoke in excitement expressed joy for the opportunity and promised to avoid any action that could lead them back to Prison Custody.
ASP Juliet Ofoni
Rivers State Command