The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, Wednesday ordered the release of 28 inmates awaiting trial from the Federal Prison in Ado Ekiti.
Justice Daramola gave the order after reviewing the cases of the 329 awaiting trial inmates in detention during his visit to the prison.
18 of the inmates were released unconditionally by the Chief Judge, while the remaining 10 inmates were freed based on the legal advice of the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), that they had no case to answer.
Justice Daramola, advised the released inmates to be of good behavior when they return to the larger society, adding that there was no gain in engaging in criminal activities.
He commended the authorities of the Ado Ekiti Prison for the clean environment and expressed hope that the issue of congestion in the prison would be solved when the a new block of cells under construction in the prison is completed.
The Chief Judge also lauded stakeholders in the judicial sector for their contributions to the dispensation of Justice in the State.
In his remarks, the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in the state, Mr Tope Aguda, urged the released inmates to be good ambassadors of their various families and avoid acts that could make them return to prison