Coronavirus: Ogun State sets free 249 prisoners
The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has ordered the immediate release of 249 prisoners from various Correctional Centres across the state.
During a visit to the correctional centres in the state, Dipeolu disclosed that the release of the inmates was based on the federal government’s decision to decongest Correctional Centres, as part of efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The inmates released at the five correctional centres were men and women with minor cases ranging from stealing, burglary, assault to bodily harm and those with few years to complete their jail terms, old ages, those with the option of fine, those that have spent 50 percent of their jail terms and those on medical-related matters.
48 prisoners were freed in Ijebu-Ode, 41 in Sagamu, 7 in Ago farm settlement, near Ijebu-Ode, 54 were released in Ibara, 32 in New Oba Prison, while 67 inmates were freed at Ilaro Correctional Centres respectively.
Hon. Justice Dipeolu noted the release of the inmates was imperative as it would improve social distancing measures thereby preventing the inmates from contracting Covid-19.
While addressing journalists, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, said the federal government had released 2,600 inmates so far in various prisons across the country to contain the spread of the virus.
“The Governor did this in line with federal government’s directive to decongest the prisons, following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus disease, which currently ravaging the entire world, so that it won’t escalate in the country”, Adeniran said, according to Vanguard.
“The social distancing will not be attained because of the way the inmates are arranged at these Correctional Centres, and I urged that the convicts pardoned be accepted by their relatives, villages and families.”