The government of Ogun has granted pardons to 31 inmates.

The government of Ogun has announced a prerogative of mercy for 31 detainees from the state’s correctional service centers. During the release of the detainees, the state Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, made the news at the ceremonial hall of the court complex in Abeokuta. Eight of them were pardoned from Oba, according to Justice Dipeolu.
The government of Ogun has announced a prerogative of mercy for 31 detainees from the state’s correctional service centers.

During the release of the detainees, the state Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, made the news at the ceremonial hall of the court complex in Abeokuta.

Eight of them were pardoned from Oba, six from Ibara-Abeokuta, six from Ijebu-Ode, eight from Ilaro, and three from Sagamu detention centers, according to Justice Dipeolu.

The CJ stated that individuals given amnesty had been detained for a period of time, some due to ill health, and others because their case files could not be discovered.

He counseled them to avoid reverting to their previous habits and instead pursue practical careers.

“Usually, there is an administration of criminal justice committee that looks through the lists of detainees and recommends those who are worthy of release after extensive investigations,” Justice Dipeolu explained.

She went on to say that new mechanisms had been used in which convicts’ photos with full details were captured for record purposes, and that if the inmates committed more crimes after being released, the records would be retrieved and the perpetrators dealt with according to the law’s rules.
Mr AbdulRasheed Alimi, the Controller of Correctional Centres, Ogun State Command, praised the CJ for establishing the administration of criminal justice committee, noting that the quarterly discharge of inmates had aided in the decongestion of correctional centres and the reformation of some inmates.

Mr Taiwo Olukoyede, the Head of Advocacy for a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Friends of Joseph Foundation (FOJOF), said that several offenders who had been pardoned in the past had been rehabilitated and were doing well.

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