The Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Umar, said that the government has not forgotten inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been in jail without trial.
The Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Correctional Service, Bauchi State Command, Adam Jibrin, in a statement made available to DAILY POST explained that the Chief Judge spoke to the inmates during the jail delivery exercise tour of custodial centres across the state.
The Chief Judge also took time to address inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been languishing in custody for a long time without trial.
She assured them that government and relevant agencies are doing everything possible to address their problems and ensure that justice is done.
She told the inmates, “Remain calm and exercise more patience because the government is aware of your presence here.”
She also charged Sharia Court judges to refrain from sentencing all manners of suspects into custody, especially those with minor offences, saying that it brings congestion of custodial centres.
The statement explained that the Chief Judge was in company of members of the Administration of criminal Justice committee, comprising of the Nigerian Police, the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) from the Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association Bauchi Chapter and the Controller of Corrections, toured seven custodial centers in the state.
It further explained that the centers visited are Misau, Zaki, Gamawa, Azare, Jama’are, Ningi and Bauchi Custodial Centres.
During the visit, she reviewed cases of awaiting trial inmates presented to her and released deserving ones.
She said that no fewer than 11 inmates in detention at these custodial centers across the state were released.
While addressing the released inmates, the Chief Judge admonished them to be law abiding citizens and shun crime.
The statement said that in a remark, the Controller of Corrections, Bauchi State Command, Kabir Galadanci, Commended the Chief Judge and the State government for making the visit to Custodial Centres possible.
He noted that the visit would go a long way in decongesting the centres and further give hope to the inmates.