As part of the ongoing measures, to decongest Correctional centers in the state over Covid-19 pandemic,the Chief Judge of Kwara state, Sulyman Durosinlorun, on Wednesday, granted amnesty to 46 awaiting trial inmates of Oke Kura and Mandala custodial centres both in Ilorin,state capital.
He however urged the beneficiaries to turn new leave and be useful to the society.
The CJ at the ceremony said that careful examination of files of the inmates showed that their detention were “manifestly unlawful”.
Durosinlorun, who granted outright release to 18 prison inmates of Oke Kura and Mandala custodial centres, also released on bail and relaxed bail conditions for 28 others.
He said the exercise was carried out after deliberations with concerned magistrates, Area Court judges and police prosecutors over list of awaiting trial inmates of the centres submitted to him.
He said: “The first set of people that were outrightly released was because we found out that their detention was either manifestly unlawful or basis of their detention is civil and not criminal or that they are minor offences and they had been there for quite some time, some since 2017.
“The second batch was granted bail and for those who have been granted bail, I have asked the magistrate or the area Court judges to relax and review their bail condition, so that they can call their people to effect their release.
“Some were asked to produce two sureties, I have asked the magistrate or the area Court judges to reduce it to one so that they can quickly process their release.