- An additional 21 prisoners have been released from the Oko Prison by the Presidential Committee on Prisons Reforms and Decongestion
- Governor Godwin Obaseki would now settle the fine options given to the prisoners
- Those freed committed various offences including conspiracy, breaking and entry, stealing; and their sentences ranged between three months to four years imprisonment
The Presidential Committee on Prisons Reforms and Decongestion has released an additional 21 convicted inmates from Oko Minimum Prison at Oredo local government area of Edo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee led by the FCT chief judge, Justice Ishaq Bello, had earlier freed 32 convicted inmates in Benin Prison on Monday, March 18.
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Legit.ng gathers that Ishaq explained that the option of fine given to the inmates which could be not paid during their trials would now be paid by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The committee, however, frowned at one of the convicts, Desmond Ekaria, who was sentenced for six months with option of fine of N25,000 over ‘intent to steal’.
Ishaq condemned the sentence, adding that the convict did not actually steal and he should not have been served such a punishment.
Those freed at Oko Prison committed various offences including conspiracy, breaking and entry, stealing, unlawful possession, threat of injury or detriment, and intent to steal
Their sentences ranged between three months to four years imprisonment with fine options of N20,000 to N380,000
Those freed are: Timothy Ihunrian, Ovie Samson, Elvis Olaye, Monday Aigbichie, Yusuf Ibrahim, Thomas Tepong-Kunpeng, Friday Oisevbiomon, Raphael Shamiga, Oriakhi Okundaye, Timothy Omatsola, Wisdom John, Igbinovia Eghosa, Desmond Ekaria, Umar Mohammed, Wisdom Chibuzor, Musa Ibrahim, Dalami Moses, Ogiekpolor Clinton, Efe Omoruyi, Amaka Chukwuemeka, and Bright Agbanbe.
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, disclosed that over 70 percent of inmates in prisons were awaiting trial over minor offences like stealing sugarcane and tubers of yam.
The minister made his comments during a visit to the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike. Malami made the visit in company of Justice Ishaq Bello and other members of the stakeholders committee on the decongestion of prisons.
The minister stated that President Muhammadu Buhari gave a directive for the committee to be set up, in order to find ways to decongest the nation’s over-crowded prisons.
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