ANAMBRA State Chief Judge, Onochie Anyachebelu has given priority to inmates at Federal Correctional Centres, Nnewi and Awka, especially those who have stayed longer than necessary including women, juvenile, sick ones and those from 60 years and above while conducting jail delivery.
He stressed that having seen their cases to grant bail and discharge some inmates, they are making a lot of impact to reduce their number at the custody to enable them attend court from their homes.
“I am satisfied with the progress. Unlike the previous years at the detention centres, you will see some people who have stayed there for so many years. But presently, we have seen that number of years has reduced a lot. At Onitsha, we were able to run down the list up to detention for three years. Earlier than now, you will see some people being detained for 15 years. No trails, no prosecution. So, I am happy that the Judiciary in Anambra State is working hard”.
Justice Anyachebelu further said that the discharge of inmates was not because no case was found but to make sure that people are not detained unnecessarily and also, to enable them attend to courts and face their trails from their houses.
Among those granted bail during the visit at Nnewi Custodial Centre were Chukwuzubelu Onunkwo, Okwudili Mbanusi, Sunday Ezenyi, Chimezie Okeke, Simon Anyakansi.
Others include Chikwado Ikwueze from Ubahu Ihembosi in Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Solomon Nwadukwu, popularly known as “Small Fowl” from Umuebuke Uli ,in Ihiala Local Government. Ehirikwe from Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government Area whose son, Emmanuel Ehirikwe was involved in a murder case of unidentified man and the mother did not give such report to any police station.
Emmanuel Ehirikwe said he was in homosexual act with the deceased who promised to give him a huge amount of money before he died after a brief illness.
At the time of the investigation, he was caught by the policemen in Delta, where he was found selling the vehicle of the deceased. Emmanuel was ordered to continue his case at the regular high court.
Critical health problem of Friday Nwachukwu was disclosed by the custodial nursing officer, Mbaso Kelvin, and he was granted by the court.
More so, the nursing officer of the custodial centre further said they had about 100 inmates presently at the custody.
While speaking to the press, the Comptroller of Corrections, Anambra State Command, Emmanuel Nwakaeze said he was pleased with the processes undergone by the Judiciary to reduce the inmates, adding that it is the duty of the Chief Judge to give order to the court to ensure that the instructions made are carried out, thereby fast tracking justice delivery.
“It is one of the cardinal points of fair hearing. Remember ‘justice delayed is justice denied’. So, now you are fast tracking the justice process. It means you are enhancing the process of fair hearing for.
The Deputy Controller of Corrections, Awka Command, Edwin Akabueze said they had given corrections to the inmates with hope that there will be adequate change in them even as they are leaving the custody.
Those who were granted bail during the visit to Awka Custodial Centre were Chinedu Emmanuel Nnalue from Urum in Awka North Local Government Area and Chikwado Achike from Ebenebe.
Among those awaiting trial with minor offences who were discharged are Izuchukwu Ibedum from Agulu, Chukwunonso Onwuneme and Chidera Philip, both from Ifite village Aguluzigbo; Nwabunwanne Nweke from Nkwerezuanka, Ndubisi Nnamdi from Ubulu Village Ichida, all in Anaocha Local Government Area and Edwin Abonyi from Enugu State.
The case of Christian Obum and Okechukwu Mmaduka was struck out and discharged.