75 Prisoners Released From Kirikiri Over Congestion

75 prisoners freed kirikiri

June 17, 2014 – Lagos Chief Judge Frees 75 Prisoners In Kirikiri Over Congestion

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips on Tuesday freed 75 prisons inmates of the Kirikiri Prisons.

Seventy-one of the inmates were released from the medium section of the prison, three from maximum and one from the female prisons.

The majority of the inmates who were set free by the Chief Judge were still awaiting trial prior to their reprieve.

In releasing the inmates, the Chief Judge acted upon the powers conferred on her under Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2007.

The chief judge who will retire from service next month had previously released over 672 inmates from the same prison.

She urged the newly freed inmates to be of good behaviour as they return to the society.

The Deputy Commissioner of Prisons, Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Mr. Olu Tinuoye, thanked the CJ for the gesture, saying that her administation has significantly reduced the number of awaiting trial inmates in the prisons.

While also thanking the Chief Judge for her efforts in decongesting the prisons, the Deputy Commissioner of Prison in charge of the Kirikiri female prisons, Mrs. Leticia Isioma Onwuli, lamented the poor state of health facilities in the prisons.

She said the Kirikiri female prison clinic located within the prison facility currently lacks adequate equipment to deal with the increasing challenge of female inmates especially the pregnant inmates.

She noted that the prison’s female clinic lacks the necessary equipment to deal with the health challenges of the inmates especially pregnant ones.

The DCP said the Kirikiri female prison facility currently has 205 inmates of which 170 are awaiting trial, 32 convicted, two condemned, one serving life sentence, eight pregnant women and nine mothers with babies.

She pleaded with the Chief Judge to appeal to the state government to provide rebate for female inmates who are referred to the General Hospital for treatment.