Nasarawa State Chief Justice Justice Aisha Bashir granted pardon to 47 inmates of Lafia, Keffi and Nasarawa federal prisons, who were awaiting trial.
Bashir made this known Thursday in the Wamba Local Government Area (LGA) after a visit to childcare centers on Thursday, NAN reports.
“The visit complies with the presidential directive to decongest childcare facilities as part of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Under my leadership, the state judiciary would strive to ensure the swift administration of justice and address the threat of stagnation of justice.
The state criminal justice committee would soon come up with modalities to ensure that those whose cases have stalled for so many years without progress get their cases concluded and justice served.
“I also requested that the names of inmates who had remained for five years and more be compiled and then submitted to the state’s executive governor for pardon.
“We recommend that the governor grant them pardon as part of efforts to ensure justice is done and to relieve congestion in child care facilities,” added the chief justice.
She also praised the authorities in the custody centers for teaching inmates various skills and enrolling those interested in education at the Open University.
Chief Justice Nasarawa pardons 47 detainees