By Dayo Johnson
Akure—SUCCOUR came for 29 prisoners as they were pardoned by the Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu.
Justice Akeredolu granted pardon to the affected prisoners during a routine visit to Olokuta Prison in Akure and Owo Prison.
Justifying her action, the Chief Judge said that “there was the need to decongest the prisons and it would be imperative to release some inmates who had been in custody for many years without trial.”
She added that “22 inmates were released at the Olokuta Medium Prison while seven inmates were pardoned in Owo Prison.”
Akeredolu also noted that 18 of the inmates would be released to a Non-Governmental Organisation for rehabilitation while others got their freedom on the condition of long stay in the prison without trial.
She appealed to the state psychiatric hospital to always attend to the health needs of some of the newly released inmates who were already facing psychological problems.
Comptroller, Nigeria Prison Service, Ondo Command, Mr. Duane Kname said that congestion was the reason inmates were living in poor condition.