Mr Anselem Nwigwe, Chief Judge (CJ) of Ebonyi on Wednesday in Abakaliki released 34 awaiting trial inmates in the Abakaliki Correctional Service Centre during a COVID-19 special jail delivery exercise.
The exercise according to the CJ was aimed at decongesting the Custodial Centre in the spirit of curbing and preventing the spread of the dreaded novel Coronavirus pandemic.
He added that the exercise was in support of government’s unrelenting efforts at tackling the pandemic and preventing it from further spread and escalating in the state.
The CJ in the exercise granted conditional bail to 31 inmates, one person was released on personal cognizance while two were discharged.
Also, three Juveniles in conflict with the law at the state’s Remand Home standing trial on alleged offences ranging from conspiracy, stealing, burglary and cultism were granted bail.
CJ sitting in the middle flanked by other officials during the jail delivery exercise at the Abakaliki Correctional Service Centre on Wednesday, May 6,2020
The CJ in a brief remark at the end of the exercise said that the exercise reiterated that the jail delivery was done in the spirit of COVID-19 pandemic prevention and cautioned that those released on conditional bail were only expected to show affidavit of means.
He that no surety should give any physical cash to anybody as a condition to secure the bail of the accused person released on bail during the exercise.
He said: “This exercise is in the spirit of COVID-19 pandemic prevention through the decongestion of the Custodial Centre and aimed at supporting current efforts of the government to stem spread of the virus.
” So far, we discharged two inmates; granted bail to 31 conditionally and one on self cognizance and we further remanded two.
“In all, we granted bail both conditionally, unconditionally and discharged to 34 persons.”
Recall that the CJ on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 released 20 inmates and 13 inmates at both the Abakaliki and Afikpo custodial centres respectively.
summitnews reports that a total of 67 awaiting trial inmates in Ebonyi have regained their freedom in the ongoing COVID-19 jail delivery exercise embarked by the CJ.