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Adeleke begins decongestion of Correctional centres

By Ngozi Egenuka
15 August 2023   |   3:06 am
Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, represented by Attorney-General of Osun State, Wole Jimi-Bada has started to decongest the overcrowded Ilesa and Ile-Ife Correctional Centres. According to a statement signed by Senior Legal Adviser to the Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Osun State, Debo Oladinni, it was discovered during the two-day visit that most of…

Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Osun State, Hon. Wole Jimi-Bada (right); Permanent Secretary, Mrs. M.A. Bello, and Senior Legal Adviser to the Attorney-General, Debo Oladinni.

Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, represented by Attorney-General of Osun State, Wole Jimi-Bada has started to decongest the overcrowded Ilesa and Ile-Ife Correctional Centres.

According to a statement signed by Senior Legal Adviser to the Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Osun State, Debo Oladinni, it was discovered during the two-day visit that most of the awaiting trial cases were in breach of contract, which are civil in nature.

Controller-in-charge Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Osun State Command. CC. Tolu Ogunsakin, said the visit was the first time an Attorney-General in Osun State would pay a working visit to the Centre to interview and interact with awaiting trial inmates who had committed minor offences and also assess those deserving inmates, whose fines could be defrayed by the State Government.

He applauded the Osun State Government for picking up the gauntlet to address the festering issue of overcrowded correctional centres filled with more inmates awaiting trial than actual convicts.

The Officer-in-charge, Ilesa Correctional Centre, DCC. A.O. Aremu informed the Attorney-General that the Centre was designated to accommodate 585 inmates, but presently overstretched to 766 inmates, with 655 inmates awaiting trial and a total of 111 convicts.

“Over 150 inmates were interviewed at both Correctional Centres by the Attorney-General and his legal team.

“Each inmate’s case record was carefully observed by the Attorney-General, with a litany of questions posed to the awaiting trial inmates, who had committed minor offences to ascertain their respective offences and took note of necessary steps to be taken to expedite action on their cases,” Oladunni said.

Jimi-Bada said the governor, who sanctioned the visit, went on the two-day working visit alongside Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Adekemi Bello; Oladinni; Director, Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs. Folashade Akinrujomu; Director, LAS, Jide Obisakin; Director, DC & LD, Tijani Kareem; Director, LR, Kayode Titiloye and Media Assistant to the Governor, Blessing Adegbite.