Fourty-One inmates have been released from Six Correctional Centers in Kogi State.
The State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana who ordered their unconditional release said it was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to decongest Correctional Centers nationwide in view of the COVID Nineteen pandemic.
Justice Ajana said some of the inmates released were charged for civil matters while others were set free on health basis and some have stayed beyond the time limit of the offences committed.
According to the Chief Judge, no inmates charged with offences bothering on security, armed robbery, culphable homicide were released and those set free were directed to go on self isolation. Earlier in a remark, Kogi State Controller of the Correctional Center, Malady Ohakosun expressed appreciation to the State Government for embarking on the excercise through the Judiciary and appealed for assistance to the Correctional Centers in the State. Highlight of the exercise was the presentation of sanitizers, face masks, buckets and toiletries to the Centers for use as well as transport fare for those granted pardon as provided by the State Government. The Correctional Centers visited include that of Kabba housing inmates from Kotonkarfe as well as Okene, Idah, Dekina and Ankpa Correctional Centers respectively.