Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips on Tuesday set free 47 Male inmates from Ikoyi Prison as part of effort to decongest the prison.The freed inmates have been in prison custody for long without trial.
Speaking at the ceremony, Justice Phillips said the the measure was part of efforts aimed at decongesting the prisons and alleviate the plight of inmates. She said some of the inmates were remanded in prison custody for minor offences and could not meet the bail conditions. She, charged the freed inmates to “go and sin no more” and make themselves responsible citizens in the society.Also speaking, the Deputy-Comptroller-General of Ikoyi Prison, Mr. Emmanuel Bamidele, commended the Chief Judge for her kind gesture. He noted that the inmates are team mates and have undergone reformation by engaging in various skills acquisition programmes like soap making, musical performances, adding that one inmate recently released an album in prison. He, however, appealed to the Chief Judge to provide buses for the prison to complement existing ones.