As part of the seven points repositioning agenda of the Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu to decongest Correctional Centres across Ogun State, his Lordship, has granted amnesty to a total of fourteen awaiting trial Inmates from the prison formations in the State.
The inmates were freed from Oba, Ibara, Ijebu-Ode , Ilaro Correctional Centres and the borstal home institute Adigbe in Abeokuta.
The Chief Judge who ordered the release of the inmates during the first quarter jail delivery exercise at the State Judiciary Complex in Abeokuta said “ they cannot be incarcerated for long in the Correctional Centre hence a need for their release to avert backlog”
Hon. Justice Dipeolu added, “Some of the inmates had been in custody since 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively based on no legal advice rendered by the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), no case files found among others”.
The freed inmates are “Folorunsho Jimoh, Musa Abubakar, Adamu Ibrahim, Femi Agabalade, Sunday Okweresie, Onyewun Endurance, Adewale Ademola, Toheeb Sogbola, Muyideen Ayinde, Azeez Ahmed, Idris Sowunmi, Shuaib Musa, Sulaimon Lawal and Adeyemi Femi”
The inmates had committed the offences ranging from Conspiracy, Robbery, attempted murder, abduction, Canal Knowledge among others.
While advising the released inmates, the Chief Judge admonished them to be law abiding as they go out and to positively contribute their quotas to the development of the society.
Thereafter, the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Dipeolu appreciated the Sub-committee on Prison Decongestion, the officers of the Correctional Centres across the State and the Ministry of Justice for ensuring a smooth and successful jail delivery exercise in the New Year.
In the same vein, the Ogun State Comptroller of Correctional Centres, Mr Alimi Rasheed represented by the Deputy Controller of Corrections in the charge the New Oba Custodial Centre, Mr Babatunde Adenaya appreciated Hon. Justice Dipeolu for her gesticulation at ensuring that inmates are been released periodically, pointing out that this will minimize congestion among the prison formations in the State.
One of the Non- Governmental Organisation who was also present at the Jail Delivery exercise, (Friends of Joseph Foundation) headed by Pastor Taiwo Olukoyede, applauded Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu for her passion about the advancement of the timely and quick release of inmate across the Correctional Centres in the State.
Adding “this gesture by the Hon. Chief Judge has remained the fuel that has been powering the engine of the Sub- Committee on Prison Decongestion chaired by Hon. Justice Catherine Ogunsanya, urging the State Judiciary to keep the flag flying”.