800-capacity Ikoyi Prison now has 2,084 inmates, CJ frees 10
• 33 arrested in Lagos for selling ‘uncensored movies’
THE Deputy Controller, Ikoyi Prisons, Mr. Julius Ezugwu, has said the correctional facility, which had a capacity for 800 inmates, currently holds 2,084 inmates. He made this known yesterday when the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, released 10 inmates from Ikoyi Prisons.
According to Ezugwu, “the prison currently holds 2,084 inmates. The number of convicted inmates is 210 while those awaiting trial are 1,874.”
Atilade admonished the freed inmates to be of good behaviour and make positive impacts on the society. She said the gesture was aimed at decongesting the prisons and ensuring that deserving inmates breathed a fresh air of freedom.
She said: “In congratulating the beneficiaries of today’s exercise, I must note that they are being given another opportunity to start afresh, moreso as it is coming on the eve of a New Year. I do sincerely hope and pray that those being granted amnesty today will be of good conduct and will do no such thing capable of bringing them back into prison.”
According to her, steps have been taken by the judiciary to facilitate speedy trials and dispensation of justice to reduce drastically the number of those awaiting trial. The chief judge urged the Office of the Public Defender, the Nigerian Bar Association and relevant non-governmental organisations to assist inmates to get speedy dispensation of justice.
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In a related development, the Lagos State Film and Videos Censors Board says it has arrested no fewer than 33 dealers of uncensored movies across markets in the state between June and December.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. Dele Balogun, made the disclosure in Lagos on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen.
Balogun said during the raids, uncensored movies and equipment worth N5 million were confiscated. The executive secretary said the board also confiscated the items, adding that the culprits had been prosecuted.
Balogun warned those who produce and sell uncensored films to desist from the illegal act.