The Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi T. Umar has ordered the release of 11 prison inmates from Custodial Centres in Bauchi State Command.
The Chief Judge with members of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, comprising of the Nigerian Police, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) from Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Bauchi Chapter and the Controller of Corrections, toured Misau, Zaki, Gamawa and Azare Custodial Centres respectively.
Other centres include Jama’are, Ningi and Bauchi Custodial Centres, where she reviewed cases of awaiting trial inmates presented to her and released deserving ones.
While addressing the released inmates, the Chief Judge urged them to be law-abiding citizens and shun crimes to avoid re-arrest.
She assured them that the government and relevant agencies are doing everything possible to address their problems, urging them to remain calm and exercise more patience.
Also addressing Sharia Court Judges, the Chief Judge urged them to refrain from sentencing all manners of suspects into custody, especially those with minor offences to avoid congestion in Custodial Centres.
In his remarks, Controller of Corrections, Bauchi State Command, CCS Kabir Abba Galadanci Commended the Chief Judge and the State government for making the visit to Custodial Centres possible.
He said that the visit would go a long way in decongesting the Centres and further give hope to the inmates.