Chief Judge Shows Mercy To 6 Persons Awaiting Trial For 9 Years


The Nigerian Prison is not a place to wish anyone, considering the fact that they keep so many people awaiting trial for years.

However, a Chief Judge,  Justice Theresa Uzokwe granted bail to 6 persons who have been in Federal Prison Abia for years awaiting trial.

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The persons who got favored by Justice Theresa Uzokwe have been remanded in  the Federal Prison in Umuahia  for periods ranging from two years to nine years.

“Uzokwe  granted bail to the six while conducting  a` jail delivery’ on Tuesday, added that the  exercise was not aimed at releasing criminals but to reduce the cases of unlawful detention.

“She urged the prison authority to prepare a comprehensive list of those  accused of heinous  crimes who have not been taken to the high court before the end of January 2017.

“According to her, this will  facilitate speedy trials and dispensation of justice to reduce the number of those awaiting trial.

“She also urged the prison authority to send the list to relevant agencies to enable such  agencies to file suits against the suspects  to avert  unlawful detention and address the issue of expired warrant.”

According to Newsmen, the lucky acquitted persons were made up of two females and four males, allegedly committed crimes  such as  theft, murder, conspiracy and armed robbery.

The Abia prison, which was designed to accommodate 500 inmates only, has a total of 1,005 inmates, while  916 males and 45 females are awaiting trial unending.

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In several other prisons across the country, inmates languish in pain and frustration as some waste over 10 years without being heard.

This is one aspect the Federal government needs to work on so that justice can be served and on time.