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Nasarawa CJ Discharges 37 Inmates

Nasarawa CJ Discharges 37 Inmates

Justice Aisha Basir-Aliyu, Chief Judge (CJ) of Nasarawa State has discharged 37 inmates awaiting trials at the five Federal Correctional Centres in the state.

The CJ discharges the inmates during her routine visit to Lafia, Wamba, Nasarawa Medium, Keffi Old and Keffi Modern Custodian Centres respectively.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the visit to the Custodian facilities, Justice Basir-Aliyu said the tour was a routine exercise to carryout her mandate in line with the law.

The CJ said that the law has empowered her to go round the custodian facilities from time to time to review cases of awaiting trials inmates with a view of ensuring that justice is served.

She gave the breakdown of those discharged from various custodian facilities as; Lafia 25, Wamba five Nasarawa three and four from Keffi Modern Custodian respectively.

“The exercise is aimed at seeing to the health and well-being of the inmates, discharge those wrongly incaserrated or stayed more than the punishment for the offences they were being charge for.

“The custodian facilities were not mend to punish the inmates, but to reform them and make them better persons afterward,” she added.

Justice Aisha Basir-Aliyu also said that the judiciary under her would continue to ensure that cases were concluded timely and justice served in order to decongest the custodian centres.

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She urged Judges of lower courts to desist from sending accused persons to correctional centres unnecessary so that the facilities would not be congested.

“Always try settlement except if it is unavoidable before you sentence accused to custodian centres,” she added.

The CJ said most of the custodian centres were already overstretched, carrying more than two times there capacities.

She warned the discharged inmates to stay away from crimes or if caught again would face the face maximum punishment.

The Chief Judge also warned judiciary staff against indulging in corrupt practices and said that anyone caught would be sanction accordingly.

On his part, Mallam Yunusa Ibrahim-Ada, Controller of Corrections in Nasarawa State, expressed gratitude to the CJ and her team for the visit which usually brings hope, peace and sustain security in the facilities.

“As at today, the total number of inmates in various facilities is 1, 877, with 1, 383 awaiting trials inmates, 483 convicts and 11 sentenced to death.

The Controller appealed to the CJ to ensure that Judges the judiciary in the state deploy the instrument of alternative imprisonment especially for persons accused of minor offences in order to decongest the facilities.

He said the original capacities of their facilities has been breached already and as such, they are facing a lot of logistical challenges.

“We are constrained by inadequacy of operational vehicles to convey our ever increasing inmates to courts spread across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state,” he said.

The Controller of Corrections used the opportunity and appealed to Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State to assist them with vehicles to enable them discharge their duties effectively.

He therefore promised to remain committed to protecting the society through provision of safe and humane custody for all inmates.

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