Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Justice Fati Lami Abubakar pardons 71 Prison inmates In Minna

A total of 71 inmates awaiting trial at the two federal prisons in Minna, Niger state, were released by the outgoing Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar who is to proceed on retirement.
The chief judge, who was at the two prisons in Minna, as part of her valedictory court session, slated for Tuesday,13th April 2016 released, inmates who were on the awaiting trial for over six years without any court appearance.

Among those granted bail by the chief judge included a Fulani man Saidu Abdullahi and his wife Hajara Abdullahi. (Whose wrist was chopped off by another Fulani man accused him of having an affair with his wife, and whose wife Hajara in turn retaliated by chopping off his hand which led to the death of the Fulani man).

Justice Fati Abubakar during this visit, reviewed the cases of some inmates who pleaded guilty to their offences and pleaded for leniency and ordered for summarily trial leading to being convicted with effect from the date they were arrested and remanded in prison custody.

The outgoing chief judge who had earlier proposed to visit the children remand home at Ungwan Daji in Minna pleaded for forgiveness, stating that time was not on her side, adding that“they should bear with me, the incoming chief would visit them.”

Furthermore, the officer in-charge of Minna old prison, Alh. Mu’azu Sanusi Danmusa DCP told the outgoing chief judge that her visit will assist to de-congest the prison by bringing relief to the inmates, particularly those on awaiting trial for over six years without be taken to court.
He disclosed that the prison was built to accommodate a total number of 147 inmates but had a record of 467 inmates out of which 81 were convicted and 385 were on awaiting trial lists.
He explained that a total of 149 armed robbery suspects, 112 culpable homicide suspects and 27 suspects were among the total inmates currently on the awaiting list in the prison.

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