Oyo CJ Pardons 40 Inmates

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The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, yesterday pardoned  40 inmates of the Medium Security Prison, Abolongo, Oyo town.

They were from a list of 106 inmates recommended for consideration by the Prison’s authorities.

The Oyo CJ had on Thursday, initially released 84 inmates from the Agodi Prison, Ibadan, the capital city.

In all, 124 inmates were released at the end of the two day exercise led by the Oyo CJ.

Upon mention of the case of the recommended inmates, the facts of each case were presented with the CJ seeking the counsel of other stakeholders present before taking a decision each inmate.

The session which lasted  almost six hours inside the Abolongo Prisons was witness by top judicial officers, prison officials, magistrates, officials of the directorate of public prosecution, the state attorney general, lawyers, prosecutors, police and officials of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Most of the released inmates were shown mercy after being  found remorseful for the offences levelled against them.

Justice Abimbola said the beneficiaries were set free on the ground that some of them were found to have stayed too long in custody ,some  on health grounds and the rest on  sympathetic ground.

In a brief remarks before commencing the session, Justice Abimbola noted that the exercise was not to release hardened criminals into the society but to ensure that justice is done to all.