Presidential Panel Releases 84 Prison Inmates in Edo

The Presidential Committee on Prisons Reform and Decongestion has secured the release of a total of 84 prisons inmates from the Edo State Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service.

They were advised to re-enter the free society with apologies to their parents and other loved ones for their misconducts and to become useful citizens to themselves, families and the entire nation. They were released from the various prisons as follow:
MSP Oko — 22
Benin Prison (old) — 33
Ozalla Farm Centre — 3
Auchi Prison — 7
Female Prison, Auchi — 1
Ubiaja Prison — 3
Ogba Farm Project — 15
Total of 84 inmates.

The jubilant inmates some of whom have acquired skills in various trades while serving their jail terms had their fines of varying amount paid by the Committee on behalf of the Office of the Anthony General of the Federation in collaboration with the Edo State Government and other donors.

The committee which visited the state to carry out its mandate is headed by Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello the Chief Judge of the FCT and has Deputy Controller General of Prisons (DCG Ops) Garba Abubakar as member, Mrs Ayoola Daniels as Secretary and several Directors spread across the various relevant federal ministries as members.

Also present at the committee’s sitting in the prisons were the Chief Judge of Edo State Hon. Justice Esohen Ikponmwen, the Controller of Prisons CP Joseph Usendiah, the State Anthony General and Commissioner of Justice Prof. (Mrs.) Oluyinka Osayame Omorogbe, Senior Judges of the High Courts and Magistrates among others.

DSP Aminu S. Suleman
Command Public Relations Officer
Nigerian Prisons Service
Edo State Command



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