Rivers Pardons 181 Inmates

The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Amadi, has pardoned about one hundred and eighty-one inmates across three correctional centres in the State.  

This was announced by the CJ at the close of a two-day delivery exercise at the Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Centre on Friday.

According to Chief Judge, the pardon was part of attempts to decongest prisons across the state.

Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Amadi

Amadi who was represented by the Deputy Chief Registrar, Litigation, Meneme Friday Poronon, stated that the exercise was a prelude to the “2022/2023 state legal year ceremony”.

He added that the pardoned inmates were equally “discharged and acquainted” from their offences.

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Chief Magistrate Poronon further disclosed that the CJ will embark on another round of goal delivery exercise on the 22nd of March 2023 as part of activities put together to mark the 2022/2023 legal year in the state.

He urged the ex-convicts to impact positively on the society, noting that the gesture was part of the new measures put in place to “reform the judiciary and the administration of criminal justice”.

The freed inmates were those standing trial for minor cases and those awaiting trials.

Source: Daily Post

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