By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, has set 16 inmates from Ilesa and Ile-Ife prisons free counselling them against involvement in any act capable of returning them to prisons.
Justice Ojo who was at the prisons as part of activities marking the commencement of the 2014/15 Legal Year in the state granted the inmates pardon on health grounds and delay in prosecution of their cases.
While nine inmates were set free from Ilesa prison on Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014; seven were set free from Ile-Ife prison on Wednesday, 24th September, 2014.
Some of the inmates freed from Ilesa prison include: Dauda Karimu, 29; Bamidele Balogun, 42; Seun Alatise, 31; Dayo Oluwafemi, 35; Usman Shaibu, 31; Victor James, 23; Femi Bamidele, 28; Ojo James, 38; and Kabiru Jimoh, 34.
Those set free from Ile-Ife prison are: Augustine Friday, 39; Oladipupo Sunday, 26; Hassan Bamigbade, 31; Babatunde Gbela, 40; Adewale Omolade Yinka, 32; Adegoke Elijah, 26; and Muritala Tope, 25.
The inmates that were set free are of three categories: Category ‘A’ involved those who have spent four years and above, Category ‘B’ are those granted pardon on health ground, while Category ‘C’ are those released as a result of old age, 60 years and above.
Their offences ranged from armed robbery and murder, to stealing, felony and other offences.
The Chief Judge noted that those pardoned have been denied trial long enough and they cannot be kept in the prison custody indefinitely.
The Chief Judge however, advised the freed inmates to sin no more.
Justices Oyejide Falola and Kudirat Akano who were in the entourage of the CJ appealed to stakeholders in the dispensation of justice to always endeavour to do justice to accused persons with due process and on time.