To Mark Independence, Gov. Obaseki Approves Release Of 70 Prisoners

The 70 inmates to be released have been in prison for a considerable time, some of them not less than two years without trial.

As part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary, Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, Sunday, approved the release of 70 inmates from various prisons across the state.

Obaseki said this was a step towards improving the justice delivery system in the state as well as reducing the number of awaiting-trial inmates by 50 percent, which is part of Federal Government’s policy on decongesting prisons. He, however, stated that the inmates would be sternly cautioned to stay away from crime before they are let go.

At a church service held earlier to mark the independence anniversary, Governor Obaseki, urged Nigerians to be grateful for the opportunity to coexist peacefully in a free nation for 57 years, stressing, “We are united as a nation and poised for greatness.”

As a country, we are endowed. The problem is not Nigeria. We only need to change our attitude as a people and the nation will certainly grow and develop and our people will prosper.

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