118 prisoners regain freedom in Yola

Rebecca Mu'azu, Gombe

118 inmates awaiting trial at the Jemita prison, Adamawa State have been set free by the Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Ishaya Banu.

The Chief Judge said the move, carried out by the Jail Delivery Committee to review the cases of inmates that are awaiting trial, was part of effort to decongest prisons in the State.

” As part of prerogative of mercy we came to review cases of those awaiting trials and see those that should get bail and also those we feel should be set free”.

“Like you can see today some of the inmates released was based on long stay in the prison, those with health problems  and under age inmates”.

The open court visit of the chief judge reviewed 396 cases in Jemita prison.

Those who got their freedom include 4 under age boys, two cases of serious health challenge, while others include cases of wandering, assault and theft of hand sets.

Thirty three of the 118 released were granted bail.

The Jemita prison, which was built in 1938 has the capacity for 300 inmates, but before the open court visit of the Chief Judge, over 680 inmates were awaiting trial in various courts in the state.

One of the freed inmates, who was charged with robbery, Abdulmajeed Peter, thanked God for the freedom, stressing that he was never involved in any robbery case, but was framed when the other person charged along with him had been freed but claimed that his money was with him.

” I am a computer operator in Zine ,Taraba State … I thank God for my freedom”.

The Chief Judge in his address to the released inmates charged them to be good citizens, stressing that their stay and eventual release from prison should serve as a lesson.