By Oluwatoyin Adegoke

Three Inmates in Ogun State have been granted amnesty by the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu as part of efforts to decongest correctional facilities across the state. 

The trio Joseph Apan, Nureni Oladosu and Babatunde Fagbayi were released during Prison Visit and Jail delivery exercise, at the Ilaro Correctional Centre, Ilaro, Ogun State.

Justice Dipeolu,  who lamented the bad conditions of correctional facilities, noted that the exercise would help decongest the facility adding that they cannot afford to have deaths due to overcrowding.

The Chief Judge promised prompt action to combat decongestion, pointing out that although courts strive to expedite cases, the core cause of congestion must be addressed. 

She affirmed that some people had been awaiting trial since 2018, which she deemed intolerable.

In his remarks, Controller of the Correctional Centre, Mr. Saliu Adepoju, appreciated the Chief Judge and her team for their efforts to protect judicial standards.

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