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13 prison inmates pardoned in Anambra

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13 INMATES at the Onitsha Prisons at Onitsha Prisons who had spent between five to six years awaiting trial have been granted pardon by Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadiin exercise of his constitutional powers of jail delivery.

Justice Umeadi had embarked on the first quarter of his jail delivery Court Session for the year at St. Maximilian Kolbe Chaplaincy, in company of other twelve judges.

He said the quarterly visit was targeted at considering cases of those who have spent long time behind bars with a view of granting them bail to enable them become useful to the society.

The CJ, who expressed joy over the number of bail grant cases, attributed it to the relationship among the lawyers, magistrates, the Police, Directorate of Public Prosecution and Prison officials.

“The cordial relationship between the legal practitioners, security agencies and prison officials, many of who were present at the court session, has closed the past existing gaps,” he said.

In his remarks, state Comptroller of Prisons, Bar. Emmanuel Nwakeze, thanked the Chief Justice for the visit, saying it would go a long way in decongesting the prison.

Other cases treated were that of juvenile as well as those of 60 years of age and above, who were asked to approach the regular court for bail.

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