Ogun Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosumola Dipeolu has disclosed that, adequate modalities have been put in place to ensure that prison formations across the State that are congested are decongested of its awaiting trial inmates.
Justice Dipeolu made this disclosure at the end of a three-day jail delivery exercise at the Ilaro Prison where, inmates awaiting trial were discharged and released.
She said modalities have been put in place by the State’s judiciary to decongest courts dockets and correctional facilities of awaiting trial cases, adding that such modalities include; resuscitation of Court cells for security purpose within court premises, the already established prison courts, which is yielding positively and regular intervention week.
“When we decongest courts, we decongest the prisons, I am glad that Prison Courts is yielding positive results and magistrates have been mandated to transfer custody cases to the prison Courts, also we would be having intervention week from time to time, this was done before in the 80s’ and we would be having one before we go for vacation in Jul
‘’Plans are on to renovate dilapidated court cells, even we have requested for Court cells to be constructed within the premises of the new Judiciary complex, for security purpose within court premises. As we can deduce, most Prisons visited so far are congested except for Oba Prison”, Dipeolu emphasized.
The Chief Judge added that the released inmates across the states’ prison formations were set free after thorough scrutiny of their cases by the Chief Judge and other members of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, as well as lack of case files and on advice of the Director of Public Prosecution.
Commending all stakeholders involved in the administration of justice in the State, particularly the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Ministry of Justice, staffers of the State Judiciary, the Legal department of the Nigeria Police, the Magistrates, Prison Officers amongst others, for prompt discharge of their duties thereby reducing backlog of old cases.
Earlier in his welcome address, Officer in-charge of Ilaro Prison, ACP Oshin Bamidele, described the visit of the Chief Judge and her team as a deliberate show of love for justice and humanity, adding that with the current drive of the chief judge, especially, the creation of courts in prisons, congestion, which has been crippling reformation and rehabilitation of the prisons would be a thing of the past.
At the end of the three-day jail delivery exercise, a total of 33 inmates awaiting trials were set free, 9 at Ijebu-Ode, 4 at Sagamu, while 6, 8 and 6 at Oba, Ibara and Ilaro Prisons respectively were discharged and acquitted, with a charge to be good ambassadors of the State and contribute their quota to the development of the society at large.