Justice Nasir Ajanah, the Kogi state Chief Judge has decried the increasing population of youths in prison over cultism-related offences.
The chief Judge disclosed this at the Federal Prisons, Dekina while reviewing the warrants of 23 Awaiting Trial Inmates in the prison, adding that secret cult’s membership had become a national problem.
Justice Ajanah also reviewed warrants of six members of two rival cult groups charged with criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and membership of unlawful society contrary to sections 97(1), 221 and 102 of the Penal Code.
“This is a disturbing trend and I hope that very soon, we will get round to solving the problem,” he said, adding that generally, there was an increase in crime rate in the area.
He said that the situation in the prison with 23 awaiting trial inmates this year was unlike last year when he met only nine of such inmates, saying: “That shows there is an increase in crime rate here.
“This is disturbing especially against the backdrop that most of those in detention here are those alleged to have committed very serious offence of homicide.
He regretted that he could not release or grant bail to any of the inmates in view of the seriousness of the offences.
“This is unlike other prisons I have been to where we met some inmates that I had to release because they were detained unjustly.
“I have reviewed cases of 23 awaiting trial inmates and I have not found any of them illegally detained,” he said while commending the magistrates in the area for the good job.
However, the Chief Judge assured that in respect of all the pending cases, especially the serious ones, he had given two weeks commencing from May 26, to expedite determination of all the cases.

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