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Govt hasn’t forgotten you, Bauchi CJ tells inmates with terrorism-related charges

Govt hasn’t forgotten you, Bauchi CJ tells inmates with terrorism-related charges

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Govt hasn’t forgotten you, Bauchi CJ tells inmates with terrorism-related charges

By Matthew ELOYI

The Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Umar, has assured inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been in jail without trial that they have not been forgotten by the government.

This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Correctional Service, Bauchi State Command, Adam Jibrin, in a statement made available to journalists in the state on Wednesday night.

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He said that the Chief Judge spoke to the inmates during the jail delivery exercise tour of custodial centres across the state.

In his words, “The Chief judge also took time to address inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been languishing in custody for a long time without trial.

“She assured them that government and relevant agencies are doing everything possible to address their problems.

“She urged them to remain calm and exercise more patience.”

He said that Justice Umar, while addressing Sharia Court judges, warned them to refrain from sentencing all manners of suspects into custody especially those with minor offences.

This, according to her, brings congestion of custodial centres.

According to Adam, the Chief Judge, who was accompanied by members of the Administration of criminal Justice committee, comprising of the Nigerian Police, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) from the Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association Bauchi Chapter and the Controller of Corrections, toured seven custodial centers in the state.

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He said the centers visited are Misau, Zaki, Gamawa, Azare, Jama’are, Ningi and Bauchi Custodial Centres.

During the visit, he said the CJ reviewed cases of awaiting trial inmates presented to her and released deserving ones.

According to him, no fewer than 11 inmates in detention at these custodial centers across the state were released.

Govt hasn’t forgotten you, Bauchi CJ tells inmates with terrorism-related charges

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