Kogi CJ Frees Seven Prison Inmates

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The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, has released seven prison inmates and granted bail to one accused person, in a renewed efforts to decongest Nigeria Prisons.
Ajanah gave the order of unconditional release to seven accused persons, after a review of their cases at Kabba Federal Prison, at weekend.

While reviewing a total of 28 cases comprising criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, culpable homicide and theft and rape, it was discovered that some of the prison inmates had stayed in prison custody, for almost two years, without proper trial in the court of competent jurisdiction.

Those granted unconditional release were Mohammed Lawal, 36, Abubarka Hussein 29, Abubarka Aliyu 21 and Mohammed Abubarka, 31 had been in prison custody, since August 10, 2013, without trial.

Olubunmi Faleye, who is into tree business, and hails from Ekiti State, got a relief for being wrongfully charged with a criminal breach of trust, instead of civil case.

Christopher David and Moses Jacob were released, unconditionally, because of their state of their health even before arrest.

Ajanah in his ruling stated the four accused persons have been in prison custody for over 19 months without trial, saying that their continued stay in detention was repugnant to natural justice.

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