A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has granted the order of stay of execution, in a suit filed by the Rivers State government seeking to set aside the judgment that released one hundred and fifty inmates from Port Harcourt Correctional Centre.
The presiding Judge, Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, in his ruling granted the stay of execution, after going through motions filed by parties in the matter, saying that for the interest of justice, it is best to stay the judgement earlier delivered by Justice Ollor, pending the decision of Appeal Court.
You would recall that on the 16th of December, 2020 the Justice Ollor of Port Harcourt High Court, had delivered a judgment releasing one hundred and fifty inmates after they have spent more than eight to nine years in prison custody without appearing in court, since they were remanded.
The Rivers State government upon the judgment filed a motion challenging the judgment delivered by Justice Ollor for the unconditionally release of the inmates in Port Harcourt maximum prison as sought by Access to Freedom International.
Meanwhile, speaking to our Correspondent, counsel representing state government, Chukwuma Eke, said they had filed appeal challenging the decision of the earlier order delivered in 2020.
“We are not satisfied with the judgment of today, for us, the case is still pending until we hear the judgment of the appeal court on the suit.”
On his part, counsel to Access to Freedom International who initiated the suit, Nasiru Ibiloye, said they will appeal against the decision of the Court.
“Well, the case is not over yet, the judge has given his own judgment, but obviously not to my satisfaction, I will discuss with my client and then we know the next line of action.
“Definitely we are going to appeal the judgment, personally I am not satisfied with it, but until then.”