The Chief Judge, of Ogun Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu on Wednesday granted Amnesty to 21 inmates from the five Nigeria Correctional Service in the state, as part of effort to decongest correctional centres across the state.
Dipeolu, visited the centres located at Ibara and Oba in Abeokuta as well as those in Ilaro, Sagamu and Ijebu-ode during the three day tour which started on Monday and ended on Wednesday.
OgunToday reports that six inmates were released from the Oba correctional center, four in Ibara , Five in Ilaro, three in Sagamu, while three were released in Ijebu-Ode correctional center respectively.
Dipeolu, while speaking with newsmen shortly after the visit said that the jail delivery exercise was to decongest the correctional center
She noted that all the correctional centres in the state were congested, saying that the inmates were more than the capacity the centers could accommodate.
She however urged the Ministry of Interior in charge of the Nigerian Correctional service to look into the expansion of the correctional centres to solve the problem of discongestion.
“We need to expand the facilities, jail delivery exercise can not do much in most of the correctional centers, the facilities are not adequate to take care of the level of crime, the crime rate is rising due to economic situation of the county”, She said.
She also appealed to Departments of Directors of Public Prosecution (DPPs’) of the Ministry of justice to work effectively in the discharge of their duties toward speedy dispensation of justice which would help in eliminating congestion in prisons
Dipeolu, however, admonished the freed inmates to make the best use of the amnesty by shunning crime and criminal activities capable of bringing them back to prison.
Mr Bolaji Joseph , the officer in charge of Sagamu Custodial center emphasised that it was important to provide court cells, saying that it would provide security for awaiting trial inmate from custodial center.