Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Sunday approved the release of 70 inmates from various prisons across the state.
Obaseki explained that the inmates had spent a considerable time in the prison facilities, with some of them spending no less than two years without trial.
The governor, who announced this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, stated that the decision was part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary.
He described it as a step towards improving the justice delivery system in the state, even as he added that the beneficiaries would be sternly cautioned to stay away from crime before they regained their freedom.
According to him, the move was also geared towards “reducing the number of awaiting-trial inmates by 50 per cent, which is part of Federal Government’s policy on decongesting prisons.
Speaking earlier at a church service held at the Christ Embassy zonal headquarters in Benin, Obaseki urged Nigerians to be grateful for the opportunity to coexist peacefully in a free nation for 57 years.
While noting that Nigerians were united as a nation and poised for greatness, the governor added that the ongoing conversation on restructuring was not aimed at dividing the nation but enhancing its growth and prosperity.
“As a country, we are endowed. The problem is not Nigeria. We only need to change our attitude as a people and the nation will certainly grow and develop and our people will prosper,” the governor said.
01 Oct, 2017