The Enugu State Chief Judge, Justice Priscilla Emehelu, on Monday discharged three inmates unconditionally and granted bail to 15 others during her visit to Nsukka Prisons.
Emehelu advised the discharged inmates to be of good behaviour and avoid anything that would bring them back to prison.
To those granted bail with liberal terms, she urged them to ensure they perfect their bails so that they would come to court for their case from home.
“I have discharged three inmates unconditionally and granted 15 bail on liberal conditions as way of expediting justice in the state.
“Those discharged should be of good behaviour and avoid anything that will bring them back to prison.
“Those granted bails on liberal conditions should perfect their bails so that they will be going to court from their hmes,’’ she said.
The chief judge, however, expressed concern that some inmates her predecessor granted bail and some she granted bail in Enugu Prisons on July 10, 2017 were yet to fulfil their bail conditions.
“I call on their relations to come forward to fulfil the bail conditions so that they will be released,she said.
The chief judge urged judiciary officers and lawyers to expedite actions to ensure that cases were disposed within reasonable time.
She said that the state judiciary plans to start holding special court sessions in prisons in the state to ensure quick dispensation of justice.
“Controller of prisons in the state should help us put arrangement in place in the three prisons in the state to hold court sessions so as to ensure quick dispensation of justice as well as decongest the prisons.’’
Arinze Onogwu and Augustine Ogbodo, who were among three discharged unconditionally, thanked God for using the chief judge to come to their rescue.
They promised to be of good behaviour as well as avoid anything that would make them commit any crime.
“I thank God for showing me mercy today and I promised I will never commit crime again,” Onogwu said.
“From today till my death, I will worship God as well as be a good citizen of this country,” Ogbodo said.
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