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Chief Judge Frees 46 Prison Inmates in Akwa-Ibom

The Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Godwin Abraham yesterday concluded his routine visit to prisons in Akwa Ibom State with the release of over forty-six (46) inmates. This is part of the State government efforts in decongesting prisons in Akwa Ibom State.

Out of the figure, 46 inmates were released unconditionally and on the grounds that they were discovered to have stayed longer than expected in custody through their trial process, six were released on bail to continue their trials.

The release according to the CJ was in exercise of his powers to visit the prison to see how proceedings and trial of inmates have been going and also help to decongest the prison.

The session which started around 10am and lasted till around 5:10pm at the hall inside the Uyo Prisons was witness by top judicial officers, prison officials, officials of the directorate of public prosecution, lawyers, prosecutors, non-government organisations, the police and officials of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Responding, the Controller of Prisons Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Alex Oditah thanked the Chief Judge for the timely visit as the visit will help reduce agitation and restiveness among the inmates during this festive period. He also solicits for more support from the State government as 99% of inmates in custody are from Akwa Ibom State.