Abia Chief Judge Frees 7 Inmates From Aba Prisons

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Seven persons, who have been on the awaiting trial list at the Federal Prisons, Aba, have been granted bail by the Abia State Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe.

The inmates, six males and a female, were released during a jail delivery exercise at the facility by Uzokwe, last Friday.

It was gathered that the inmates have spent about four years on the awaiting trial list and would have served out their jail terms if they had been tried and convicted of the offences for which they were remanded in prison.

A source at the Aba Prisons said that one of the inmates, believed to be in his late 60s, was freed on health ground as he has been very sick.

According to the source, all the released inmates, who could not hide their emotions, thanked the CJ for the visit.

He hinted that the CJ would be back to the facility in June for another round of delivery.

Meanwhile, Civil Liberties Organisation, Aba Unit, in a statement by its Chairman, Professor Charles Chinekezi, has called for the speedy trial of suspects charged to court for various offences and lamented that judicial bottle necks have caused many suspects to languish on the awaiting list, making them to spend more time than the term for their crimes if sentenced.

(Today)

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