By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah has released no fewer than five awaiting trial inmates including a female inmate,while two others granted bail after critical review of case files .
Justice Ajanah gave the order of unconditional release of inmates while reviewing 60 case files of the inmates during the prison decogestion visits to Ankpa and Dekina Federal Prisons.
The Chief Judge also warned the judicial officers must always ensure that that elements of the offences allegedly committed by the suspects are contained in the First Information Report.
He explained that such mistakes will continue to impact negatively on the awaiting trial inmates as their cases may not see the light of the day,while the inmates will continue to suffer in silence in the cells.
Among those who gained their freedoms are a female inmate, Ameh Happy who was standing trials for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery ,but got a reprieve when advice from the of Director of Public Prosecution DPP absolving her any complicity in the alleged offence.
Ajanah who order the unconditional release inmates, stated the continued incarceration of the accused person is unconstitutional, more so that DPP had advised that she has no link with the alleged case.
Others are Mikailu Alidu,Arome Abah, Aminu Danjuma and Ogbodada Wada.
In an effort to decongest the prisons ,Justice Ajanah also warned Judges, Magistrates and Area courts judges that no criminal cases should be adjourned beyond two weeks.
He noted that after two weeks and the prosecution is not forthcoming ,the judges has the power to dispense with case immediately.
At Ankpa Federal Prison, a total of 35 case filesof awaiting trial inmates were reviewed, three inmate gained freedom, While two others were granted bail with sum of N60, 000.
While in Dekina Medium Prison, a total of 25 case files of the awaiting trials were reviewed by the Chief Justice of Kogi State, two inmates regained their freedom.