IN exercise of his constitutional right of extending prerogative of power as state chief judge, the Imo State Chief Judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi has released nine prisoners and gave a stem order to judges handling the cases of three other inmates to ensure they release them without further delay.
While delivering judgment on the said 9 inmates/accused persons, Tuesday, at the state prison headquarters, Owerri, the chief judge said that the inmates were innocent of the offences they were accused of since nobody hadbeen able to take them to court.
Among the 71 persons brought before the state chief judge include Mr. Chukwuka Anene, Anayo Akuneme, Paul Okoro, Mmaduabuchi Eze, Nwosu Chimaobi, Onyinye Ekegha, Others whose cases were speedily delivered are Samuel Okoroafor, Alison Fidelis and Okechukwu Chijioke. The Deputy Director Public Prosecution, Ministry Of Justice, Owerri, led five other lawyers to appear for prosecution while Barr. Ngozi Ejike, the chief legal aide officer of the Legal Aide Council led three other lawyers to appear for defence.
Before releasing the inmates, Justice Nnadi warned the released inmates to distance themselves from any act that could bring them back to the prison or any kind of detention. He told them that any of them found in crime again may spend the rest of his life in jail.
The inmates, it can be recalled, were put in their various detentions 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively without trial since then.