Breaking: Adamawa Committee Releases 119 Inmates to Decongest Prisons

Adamawa State Committee has released 119 inmates from a correctional centre in Yola, Adamawa State.

The Adamawa State Jail Delivery Committee concluded the process of discharging the 119 inmates on Tuesday evening, January 25 and also granted bail to 31 persons in detention, while 49 others who were awaiting trials were convicted .

The committee which was led by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, said out of the total number of 410 inmates awaiting trial, only 19 were convicted for various offences at the Jimeta Correctional Centre.

 “This necessitated the exercise because there was a serious gap between those awaiting trials and those convicted.

“The exercise was also meant to fast track court proceedings and reform the judiciary system in the state.” the committee chairman said.

While the committee chairman was addressing the inmates shortly after the 2-day exercise, he said that those who were convicted summarily admitted to committing the offence, and so there was no need keeping them waiting for further trial, he also added that the committee convicted each of them according to the provisions of the law to fast track justice.

Justice Nathan further disclosed that it took the committee two days to attend to 410 cases, and they took their time to examine their case files and also listen patiently to them before they reached a conclusion.

He explained further: “The committee was set up by the Minister of Internal affairs to see that we periodically visit prisons to decongest especially awaiting trial.”

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