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The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, has set free 31 inmates of various Correctional Service Centers across the State.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that eight inmates were pardoned in Oba, six in Ibara, Abeokuta, six were also released from Ijebu-Ode while eight were released from Ilaro. Three others were set free in Sagamu Correctional Centres.
Justice Dipeolu who spoke in Abeokuta after the release of the inmates said those granted amnesties had been in custody for a certain number of years.
She said some of them were released due to poor health conditions, while others were pardoned when their case files could not be traced.
She advised the inmates not to go back to the lifestyles that took them to prison, saying they should engage themselves in tangible professions.
“Usually there is Administration of Criminal Justice Committee who looks through the lists of inmates and recommend those that are worthy of release through lots of investigations,” she said.
She said that new modalities have been initiated where pictures with full details of inmates would be taken for record purposes.
She pointed out that if such inmates commit other offenses after being discharged, the record would be located and the culprit would be dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
In his contribution, the Controller of Correctional Centres, Ogun State Command, Mr. AbdulRasheed Alimi, commended the Chief Judge for setting up the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee.
He noted that the discharge of inmates on a quarterly basis had assisted in the decongestion of Correctional Services Centres, as well as the reformation of inmates.