Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lagos CJ releases more underage inmates from Ikoyi prison

The Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade , on Thursday released another set of underage inmates , numbering 43 , from Ikoyi Prison .

Justice Atilade had on August 1 and 14 released a total number of 209 underage inmates from the Badagry and Kirikiri prisons based on the outcry of the Head of the Legal Team of the Fountain of Life Church, Mrs . Modupe Olubanwo , who lamented about the anguish of the underage inmate.

However, 12 out of juveniles freed on Thursday were sent to Adigbe Foster Home in Ogun State due to the nature of their crimes which border on murder and armed robbery . The remaining five juveniles were sent to rehabilitation homes .

While releasing the underage inmates , the chief judge admonished them to go and sin no more , while also stressing that the Lagos State Government had zero tolerance for the imprisonment of juveniles .

“The Lagos State Government has zero tolerance for children in prisons . Children have no business being in adult prisons .

“This exercise is in continuation of the prison decongestion exercise we have embarked upon, based on the alert we received from the Head of Prison Ministry , Fountain of Life Church, Mrs . Dupe Olubamowo .

“So far , we have been able to secure the release of 80 inmates from Badagry and 127 from the male and female wing of Kirikiri prisons , ” she said.

The Head of Prison Decongestion Committee , Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, while addressing the underage , said the issue of underage in prisons had become a source of concern for the Lagos judiciary.

Ipaye noted that no child would be allowed to remain in the prison again, stressing that the amnesty exercise would be a continuous one .

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