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CJ discharges 5, grants bail to 14 at Onitsha prison

Onitsha— The Chief Judge of Anambra, Justice Paul Obidigwe, has discharged five inmates and granted bail to 14 other inmates of Onitsha Prison.

Among the five inmates discharged was a suspected mental illness inmate, who was referred to a psychiatric hospital under the care of the state government.

Obidigwe told newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Monday after the session of the jail delivery that he would make the jail delivery a quarterly affair.

“I am impressed by the neatness, sense of duty of officers here and the progress of the Skills Acquisition Centre of this prison.

“I call on lawyers and the legal aids workers to visit the prisons always, look at the case files of some of these innocent inmates and facilitate their cases at the regular courts, which I know judges and magistrates are always willing to listen to,’’ he said.

The chief judge also called on philanthropists and businessmen to come and assist Onitsha Prison in order to facilitate the reformation of its inmates.

“I will also look into your request of providing a vehicle each for Onitsha and Awka Prisons as well as the need to hear inmates cases on time each day at the various courts,’’ Obodigwe said.


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