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The Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Henry Olusiyi has ordered the release of a 17-year-old boy identified as Gabriel Odiniya who was remanded in Ankpa Correctional Centre.

The Chief Judge released the juvenile inmate, who is standing trial for alleged trespass, intimidation and attempt to commit theft, while on an inspection visit to Medium Security Custodial Centre in Ankpa on Wednesday, as part of his state-wide visits to custodial centres.

Speaking during the visit, Olusiyi said there was no prima facie case against Odiniya aside the fact that he was a child who under extant laws, was certainly not supposed to be in the custodial centre in the first place.

The Chief Judge also implored the Reverend Father Boniface Opaluwa, in charge of the Catholic Church in Emagaba-Ogugu, to take charge and provide spiritual guidance to the fatherless boy.

Odiniya was allegedly framed by a woman who he had worked for and who dragged him to court over alleged theft of money and secured conviction but Odiniya was given an option of fine by the court.

According to Odiniya, the woman had caused him to be arrested again boasting that she would make him spend five years in jail as he was subsequently arraigned before Chief Magistrate Court, Okpo, Olamaboro Local Government.

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