The Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon. Justice Ijeoma Aguguo has released 18 inmates during the 2020 Jail Delivery at the Nigerian Correctional Center, Owerri.
The 2-day exercise which started on Monday 4th and ended on 5th May 2020 saw the attendance of Judges of Magistrate Court across the state.
Justice Mrs. Aguguo who granted bail to many inmates and struck out 3 because of death.
Granting an interview to Journalists in Owerri, the Chief Judge regretted that most of the cases were abandoned at the various courts without trial just as she sent them back to Magistrate High Court to continue the trial, urging the judges to give it accelerated hearing.
In her words, “because of Covid-19 lockdown, I have moved most of the matters to sit in Owerri and judiciously disposed of the matters,” she stated.
She urged the freed inmates to go and integrate with society and keep away from sin.
She also Charged the parents and guardians to keep their children and wards busy and train them in different vocational jobs like carpentry, farming, and others.
Speaking also was the Deputy Comptroller of Operations, Nigerian Correctional Service Seye Oduntan Olukoya stated that the exercise was in view of the Presidential directives to decongest the Custodian center.
He pointed out that the exercise was a big relief to the correctional center even as he thanked the state Chief Judge for doing a thorough job in line with the statistics.