Cronavirus: Jusice Umar frees 8 inmates in Bauchi
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Following the presidential directives for the decongestion of Correctional Centres across the country as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19 among inmates, the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee headed by the Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar, has released eight inmates from the Bauchi Correctional Centre.
Justice Umar, alongside the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Bauchi chapter, representative of the Commissioner of Police, and other members of the committee in the state, visited the centre, reviewed cases of awaiting trial persons, who spent four years and above without their cases being determined and subsequently released eight deserving ones.
The Chief Judge advised the released detainees to be of good behavior and shun crime as they go back to their various communities.
She assured that the committee would soon visit other centres in the state to carry out similar exercise.
In his remarks, the Comptroller of Corrections, Bauchi State Command, Suleiman T. Suleiman, thanked the Chief Judge and other members of the committee for the exercise, noting that it would go a long way in decongesting the correctional facilities thereby reducing the risk of contracting the dreaded disease ravaging the world.
A statement by the Secretary on Administration of Justice in the state, Malam Isyaku M. Muaz, said the exercise was a continuous one as other centers across the state would be visited very soon.