15 inmates of Nnewi prison regain freedom
The prison court session in progress
By Sunny A. David, Nnewi
As part of his constitutional powers of jail delivery exercise, the Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi has granted bail to another fifteen inmates at Nnewi Prisons who have spent between two to five years awaiting trial.
The Nnewi prisons visit marks the second outing of the Judge in this year’s Jail Delivery Court Session to end on January 28 with Awka prisons.
Out of the fifteen inmates that regained freedom, four were females brought from the Onitsha prisons.
Apart from the fifteen, the Chief Judge ordered for investigations into eleven inmates’ cases and files which should be completed within fourteen days.
Justice Umeadi said the quarterly interventions was necessary as it helps at looking at cases of persons who have spent long periods behind bars, to see what could be done to grant them bail, thereby decongesting the prisons.
Justice Umeadi reminded the managements of prisons in the state on the need for proper care of the prisoners as enshrined in the constitution.
In an interview, the state Controller of Prisons, Barrister Emmanuel Nwakeze commended Justice Umeadi for the intervention which he said would go a long way in decongesting the state’s prisons.