By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
As part of activities to mark the commencement of 2015/2016 legal year of the Osun state Judiciary, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo has pardoned 21 inmates serving in Ilesa and Ile-Ife prisons.
The Chief Judge however bemoaned delay in the prosecution and trial of accused persons stressing that prison yards have been congensted owing to this.
According to Justice Ojo, those set free had been denied trial long enough and they cannot be kept in the prison custody indefinitely.
She then urged for timely trial of the accused persons to allow for decongestion in the prison custody adding that justice delayed is justice denied.
During an accelerated hearing at the Ilesa and Ile-Ife prison yards, the inmates who were facing charges bothering on stealing, armed robbery, rape, felony among other offences regained their freedom.
Thirteen inmates regained freedom from Ilesa prison on Tuesday, 27th October, 2015 while the remaining eight were set free on Wednesday, 28th October, 2015 from Ile-Ife Prison.
The prison record revealed that some of the freed inmates who are accused of conspiracy, stealing and felony had spent above one year in the prison while awaiting trial.
Others were granted clemency on health ground and old age.
Accompanied with other judges in the state during the two day official visit, Ojo advised the pardoned inmates not to return to crime and be of good conduct in the society asking them to go and sin no more.
The officer in charge of Ile-Ife Prison, Mr. Ajogono while commending the efforts of the chief judge in freeing the inmates also charged the freed prisoners to abstain from crime.
All the freed inmates were full of happiness and appreciation to the CJ as they all prostrated and showered prayers on the Chief Judge.