Kaduna to free 600 pris­on­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

Kaduna State Min­istry of Jus­tice will this week em­bark on an ex­er­cise to de­con­gest pris­ons in the state.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, the At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Garba Uba Shehu, said dur­ing the ex­er­cise, con­sid­er­a­tion will be given to in­mates charged with cap­i­tal of­fences in­clud­ing rape, kid­nap­ping, armed rob­bery and cul­pa­ble homi­cide among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to him, there are over 600 in­mates await­ing trial for cap­i­tal of­fences in var­i­ous pris­ons in the state.

“We have re­ceived a com­pre­hen­sive list of in­mates from the prison author­ity for con­sid­er­a­tion and we have re­ceived all the case dairies from the po­lice. So, we are only wait­ing for the ex­er­cise to com­mence,” he said.

He re­called that at the end of the first phase of the de­con­ges­tion ex­er­cise, which spanned through a pe­riod of three months, a to­tal of over 300 await­ing in­mates held for mi­nor of­fences were re­leased from var­i­ous pris­ons in the state.

“Out of the 300 in­mates that were re­leased, only one per­son re­turned to prison for a dif­fer­ent of­fence. One of the prob­lems de­tected dur­ing the first phase of the ex­er­cise was that po­lice of­fi­cers in charge of in­ves­ti­ga­tion are very slow in car­ry­ing out their du­ties and this is due to con­straints the force is fac­ing. So, we are try­ing to see if we can amend some of these laws to make dis­pen­sa­tion of jus­tice quick right from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion stage,” he said.

He there­fore urged people of the state to re­cip­ro­cate govern­ment’s ges­ture by be­ing law abid­ing.

PHOTO

From left, Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of As­sem­bly, Prof. Muhammed Gana Yisa; Speaker, Rasak Atunwa; Gover­nor Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed of Kwara and state At­tor­ney -Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Bar­ris­ter Kamaldeen Ajibade, dur­ing the sign­ing of 2014 Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill at Govern­ment House in Ilorin yes­ter­day. AB­DUL­LA­TEEF ALIYU

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