The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, has granted freedom to four sick inmates of Badagry Prison during her visit to the prison.
The visit came barely three weeks of her assumption of office.
All the freed inmates were convicts of breach of peace and for having no means of livelihood.
According to the Chief Judge, their release was in accordance with Section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Special Provisions Act, Laws of the Federation 2007.
The CJ told them to go ” and sin no more” and to henceforth be of good behaviour and stay away from sin.
Many of the freed were emaciated and could barely walk, prompting the Chief Judge to order that they be taken immediately to hospital for medical attention.
Justice Oke remarked that prison decongestion is uppermost in her mind and that of the state government.
“This is the reason why we are doing all we can to assist in decongestion of prisons by releasing those awaiting trials or convicted for minor offences”, she said.
In his address, th Deputy Controller of Prisons (DCP), Olukayode Esan, said that the visit attested to the fact that “imprisonment is not the end of ones life, rather that of reformation for wrong doings,”and urged the state government to enable the prison authority carry out reformation programmes that will make the inmates useful to the society after their release.
He further disclosed that the prison, which was built in 1885 was originally meant to accommodate 160 inmates but now has 482 inmates, mostly awaiting trials.
He said 37 of them are long term convicts, 185 short term convicts and five sick inmates undergoing treatment and six stagnant long term awaiting trials.