The Chief Judge (CJ) of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, has set free 34 inmates from the Custodial Centre, Ado Ekiti.
He admonished the freed inmates to be of good behavior.
A statement from the Office of the Chief Judge on Tuesday said the pardoned inmates were among the 386 cases reviewed by the CJ during his visit to the facility.
Justice Daramola eulogised the correctional officers for keeping the inmates healthy and robust, as well as maintaining a hygienic environment.
The CJ bemoaned the prosecuting system in Nigeria, describing it as “far behind international best practices and as such has contributed immensely to prison congestion in the country.”
The comptroller of the centre, Mr Alimi Rasheed, thanked the Chief Judge, describing his visit as worthwhile.
Present at the event were high court judges, magistrates, lawyers and representatives of civil society organisations and the National Human Rights Commission.
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