Fourteen inmates awaiting trial across various Correctional Centres in Ogun State, have been granted pardon by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu who encouraged them to stay-off crime as they reunite with the Society.
Speaking at the maiden edition of jail delivery exercise for 2023, held at the Ceremonial Court on Judiciary Complex, Kobape road, Abeokuta, Justice Dipeolu informed the pardoned inmates that, their data were already with the judiciary, thereby making it easier to locate and bring them to justice, whenever they were found wanting.
Justice Dipeolu while restating government’s commitment towards the welfare of inmates and decongestion of Correctional Centres in the State, announced that another jail delivery exercise would come up in the second quarter of 2023.
In their separate contributions, the representatives of two Non-governmental Organizations, NGOs, that specialised in welfare of inmates, Pastor Hezekiah Olujobi and Mr Taiwo Olukoyede appealed to the State government to sustain the kind gesture of regular decongestion of Correctional Centres, and promised to monitor and empower the newly pardoned inmates to make them better in the Society.
In a remark, the Controller, Nigeria Correctional Centres, Ogun State Command, Mr Abdulrasheed Alimi represented by his deputy Mr Mobolaji Adenaya commended efforts of the jail delivery committee set up by the government, for working assiduously to ensure that the recommended inmates regained their freedom.
The beneficiaries of the jail delivery exercise who could not hide their joy, thanked the Chief Judge for the mercy shown on them, and pledged to distant themselves from acts capable of bringing them back to custodial Centres.