By Nosa Akenzua, AsabaxxDelta state government on Wednesday said it pardoned 206 inmates who have been on awaiting trials at various prisons in the state and granted bail to 18 others while 2633 cases were reviewed.
The state chief judge, Justice Marshall Umukoro, who confirmed this to our correspondent in Asaba disclosed that 56 inmates awaiting trials at Warri prison were released and seven others granted bail adding that 2633 cases reviewed were all put together from Kwale, Agbor, Sapele, Ogwashi Uku and Warri Prisons.
While decrying a situation whereby many complaints were sacred to testify and stand as witness in court, the chief judge said that the situation has been worrisome as it becomes a hindrance to the speedy trials and justice dispensation adding that the high rate of crime among the youths in the country was becoming too unbecoming.
Justice Umukoro said that the jail delivery was to review the case files of the awaiting trials inmates at various prisons in the state and release those who were wrongly detained as well as those who may have spent some years in custody, more than the number of years they should have spent if convicted and advised the freed inmates to shun criminal action and turn a new leaf.
Meanwhile, two patients with varying degrees of neonatal complications stranded at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Asaba have appealed to the state government and good-spirited individuals to come to their aid to enable them pay their medication bills of N4,000 every day.
While appealing to kind heart individual to help relieve their financial burden, one of the patients Joy Unoma said they have suffered untold complications relating to still birth adding that she had earlier been mistaken for dead and was taken to mortuary and later discovered she was alive.