The Rivers State Judiciary has granted pardon to over one hundred and sixty inmates from the Port Harcourt Maximum correctional services as part of decongesting the prison.
The pardon was inline with the recommendation of the state Chief Judge, Justice Simeon Amadi to relocate three chief magistrate to the correctional centre to released inmates with minor offences.
The three Chief Magistrates, Menenen Poromon, Victor Nweke and Rosemary Ibanibo for three days released 46 inmates includes 2 females.
Speaking to the released inmates, Chief Magistrate Menenen Poromon said they are released based on merit due to minor offences that have resulted to over crowding.
“The correctional service or center is over crowded, so there was the need to decongest it, so we conducted a thorough investigations regarding their cases, and some of them were actually released on merit.”
He advised those released to stay away from crime, adding that the released inmates should locate their origin and settle down properly.
Some of the released inmates who spoke to our correspondent thanked the chief Judge of the state and promised not to go back to crime.
‘Now that you have been reintegrated into the society, please locate where you are from and leave peacefully there, avoid any form of crimes or crime related activities.”
Recall that the chief Judge of the state, Justice Simeon Amadi on 19 of August 2021 pardon 10 inmates and promised to release more during and after the high court vacation.
The chief judge is expected to after the resumption of the high court from annual vacation embarked on another round of goal delivery exercise assuming that many inmates would benefit from the exercise.
On their part some stakeholders in the Administration of Criminal Justice, Legal Community, Human Right Groups also hailed the chief judge for his innovation initiative of assigning Magistrates to hold the special session.