The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola has granted pardon to 34 inmates in Ado Ekiti correctional centre, as part of the effort to decongest the facility.
The freed 34 inmates were part of the 386, whose cases were reviewed during the Chief Judge’s visit to the correctional centre in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
27 inmates, including a female, were set free unconditionally, while seven were granted bail on liberal terms.
Addressing the freed inmates, Justice Daramola, advised them to learn from their past mistakes and go into the world with determination to redirect their psyches and do what is right by refraining from crime and criminality.
He eulogised the correctional officers for keeping the inmates healthy as well as maintaining hygienic environment to prevent untimely death and high morbidity rate among inmates.
The Chief Judge berated prosecuting system in Nigeria, which he described as falling short of international best practices, saying this has contributed immensely to prison congestion in the country.
The comptroller of the correctional centre, Alimi Abdul Rasheed, applauded the Chief Judge for the gesture, describing his visit as worthwhile and remarkable