Niger acting Chief Judge frees 27 prison inmates
The Niger State acting Chief Judge, Justice Ahmed Bima, on Sunday, released 27 inmates from the Minna Medium Security Prison.
Bima announced the gesture during a visit to the facility as part of efforts to reduce prison congestion.
Some of the inmates, who were held in the Minna Medium Security Prison, Tunga, were released on the recommendation of the Director of Public Prosecutions, while others had few months more to serve and had proved to be of good conduct.
Justice Bima said the prison visit was to ensure the welfare of the inmates and assist in whatever way the law permits to lessen their problems.
The CJ commended the prison authorities for keeping a clean environment and taking proper care of the inmates in their custody.
In his address, the officer-in-charge of the prison, Mr Daniel Agada, said the facility was one of the arms of the criminal justice system saddled with the responsibility of providing safe custody for inmates, reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.
Agada, however, enumerated some of the challenges facing the prison to include a large number of awaiting trial inmates and lack of good roads.
He appealed to the acting CJ to use his good offices to speak to the authorities concerned to consider reconstructing the road that leads to the prison.