The Kebbi State Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Mairiga has granted amnesty to a total of 37 inmates at the Birnin Kebbi Old Prison in his effort to decongest the prisons in the state.
The CJ released 18 of the inmates unconditionally while 19 prisoners were released on bail.
However nine of the inmates were directed to write an undertaking of good behaviour before being released.
The CJ was accompanied by the chief registrar, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, deputy chief registrar, litigation of the State High Court, Mohammed Masallaci, the police , civil defense corps amongst others while the state comptroller of Nigerian Prisons Service, Yazid Alhassan hosted the team.
Justice Mairiga while making his remarks said that the exercised would have been conducted and completed since but was delayed as a result of the strike embarked by the judicial staff.
He assured the inmates that he would ensure justice prevails upon all manner of people.
“ We will continue to ensure that justice is done to all category of people without affection or ill will but according to the dictates of justice itself.’’
He also promised to sit with the police and other stakeholders in order to work out the average time the police will take in carrying out their investigation so as to facilitate quick prosecution.
He lamented that often times the delay in instigation by the police puts pressure and burden on both the judicial system and the prison service.
The state comptroller of prison , Yazid Alhassan commended the CJ for his open door policy.