As part of efforts to decongest prison in Bauchi State, acting Chief Judge, Justice Hamidu Kunaza has freed 35 inmates from prisons across the state.
In a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Prisons Service Bauchi Command, yesterday, Adam Abubakar Jibrin said the inmates were freed after a review of their cases by the acting Chief Judge when Justice Kunaza paid his maiden visit to Bauchi prison.
According to the statement, the discharged inmates were mostly awaiting trial and have stayed for a long period in the prison. The judge congratulated the released inmates and urged them to use the opportunity to be reformed and avoid committing any offence in future.
Justice Kunaza commended the Comptroller of Nigeria Prisons Service Bauchi Command, Alhaji Sidi Muhammad as well as men and women of the command for their selfless service and dedication, saying such visit was going to be continuous.
Responding, the comptroller congratulated the acting chief Judge over his appointment and wished him a successful tenure in office‎.
He expressed his appreciation for the visit to the prison, adding that the exercise will go a long ‎way in easing tension in the prison and hoped that similar visit will be paid to other prisons within his command.
The comptroller informed that the Bauchi prison was established in 1820 with the capacity to cater for only 500 inmates but now has 1,041 in mates out of which 774 were awaiting trial‎ inmates while 267 were convicted.

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