Five prisoners have been released unconditionally from the Keffi Medium Prison by the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Justice Usman Bello.
Justice Bello says the exercise is part of efforts by the judiciary to decongest the nation’s prisons.
The Chief Judge urged major players in the justice sector to live up to their responsibilities to ensure that cases of awaiting trial are reduced to the barest minimum.
The Judge reviewed the cases of all inmates and warned magistrates and area court judges not to take on cases that are not within their jurisdictions. according to him, their flouting of this directive will continue to contribute to the congestion of the court.
10 other inmates are also lucky as some Non-Governmental Organizations, who visited the facility in company of the Judge, promised to pay their fines.
The rest of the inmates are hoping that their cases will be decided or another opportunity will come for the review of their cases.