April 4, 2019

112 Delta Prisons inmates regain freedom

112 Delta Prisons inmates regain freedom

Enugu Prisons

By Jimitota Onoyume

Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro, has released a total of 112 inmates from the Sapele, Kwale and Ogwashi-Uku prisons, saying the state government had set aside the sum of N7. 4 million to liquidate fines of convicted inmates.

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Among the inmates released was an alleged cancer patient. Justice Umukoro said he was touched by the pitiable condition of the patient, adding that it was improper to continue to detain the patient when he cannot be tried because of ill health.

He also expressed worry over the way youths of between ages of 25 and 30 years are involved in vice, blaming it on desperation for quick money. He appealed to youths to shun temptations to indulge in vice.

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His words: “The purpose of the prison visit is to reiterate government desire to ensure that persons awaiting trials do not spend their whole lives here. We must ensure that those here are remanded by a court of competent jurisdiction have allegedly committed an offence known to law.

“We shall also look at your health status because it is the living we shall try. We shall also look at the ages of inmates because we do not want to support or be part of the process where juveniles are brought here. If we find such persons here,  we shall release such persons or make an appropriate order for such individuals to be remanded in the remand home in Sapele,” he said.