By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN—THE Chief Judge of Kwara State, Justice Suleiman Kawu, has granted pardon to 16 convicted and awaiting trial inmates of Oke Kura and Mandala prisons in Ilorin, to decongest the prisons.
Speaking after a visit to Oke Kura and Mandala prisons, Ilorin, yesterday, the CJ said the exercise was carried out on the request of the Federal Government, through the state government, to effect prison decongestion in parts of the country.
Justice Suleiman Kawu, who said the exercise was not to short circuit court trial, added that the inmates were granted freedom either for unlawful arrest and detention, or civil cases that required no detention.
It was gathered that the Oke Kura prisons, with a 121 capacity, had 425 inmates; Mandala, 160 capacity, had 239 inmates.
The CJ, who said he will pay regular visit to the prisons, advised those freed to find legal work.
Speaking, earlier the officer in charge of Ilorin Prisons, DCP Adeyinka Adebayo, said facilities at the prisons were overstretched, adding that overpopulation had resulted in different kind of diseases such scabies, body rashes among others.