By Joy Odor
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) says as at date, it has released 3,751 inmates comprising Convicts and awaiting trial persons who met the criteria set.
A press statement by AC NJOKU, the DEPUTY CONTROLLER OF CORRECTIONS
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER said the breakdown of the release shows that 2,740 convicts and 1011 Awaiting Trial Inmates have so far benefited from the exercise.
According to him, the Controller General of the Corrections, Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed expressed his profound gratitude to all the State Governors, Chief Judges and other stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System who have work tirelessly to carry out this exercise and encourage its continuity.
He assured that all inmates qualified for the amnesty and jail delivery will be released accordingly.
The NCoS promised that the process is ongoing, as other measures are in place to ensure continuity and the final figures will be made public at the end of the exercise.
It will be recall that the President had ordered the decongestion of detention centres in country to sustain the fight against spread of COVID-19.
Consequently, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Minister of Interior on 9th April, 2020 during the flag-off of the Presidential amnesty at Medium Security Custodial Centre Kuje-Abuja announced that a total of 2,600 will benefit from the release by 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.
However some states Chief Judges during the jail delivery processes granted bail and release to some awaiting trial persons cumulating in the release of 3,751 inmates so far.