Follow us on Telegram now for the latest updates!
Follow us on Telegram now for the latest updates!

53 inmates awaiting trial pardoned by Rivers CJ

As part of activities to usher in the 2023/2024 Legal Year, Justice Simeon Chibuzor-Amadi, Chief Judge of the Rivers State judiciary, has granted pardon to 53 inmates of the Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Centre.


A uncommon deed which has brought succour to many persons who lost their hopes of living a normal life and restored the joy and peace of several families across various divides.

Speaking on the development in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Justice Chibuzor-Amadi said the exercise complied with the provisions of the Criminal Justice Law of Rivers State and the Special Provision Act of the Law of the Federation as he said he believes that the singular deed will restore the trust of the ordinary people in the state judiciary as well as their confidence to henceforth seek justice.

However, he noted that the freed inmates were not just selected at random but with a justifiable cause as he advised them to turn a new leaf and desist from any temptation to go back to criminality as soon as they are reunited with their families and loved ones.

According to the Rivers State chief Judge, the freed inmates are those standing trial for different offences, as some have been in the facility for five to nine years awaiting trial and no case has been filed against them.

He said, “The pardon serves as a reminder of our commitment to ensure justice is rightly served, that our correctional centre should not become overcrowded and the rights of the defendants are protected.

“More importantly, it symbolises our dedication to ensuring that individuals have the chance to reintegrate into society as law-abiding citizens.”

“As you partake in this jail delivery exercise, let us remember that our actions today have the potential to transform lives. While we show empathy and compassion during this exercise, this does not in any way absorb individuals from being accountable for their actions,” he said.

Justice Chubuzor-Amadi urged the police to ensure thorough investigations are done before charging suspects in court, saying, “Our custodial centres should not be warehouses for the forgotten nor should they be breeding grounds for hardened criminals.

“Rather they should be places for transformation where individuals can reflect on their past actions, learn from their mistakes and receive the necessary tools and support for their rehabilitation.

“To achieve this, we need collaboration among all stakeholders involved in the criminal administration system. The judiciary, the correctional services, law enforcement agencies, legal aid organizations and community leaders must work hand in hand to ensure justice prevails.”

Also speaking on the development, the Controller, Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Centre, Felix Lawrence, said the exercise has reduced the number of inmates in the facility and thanked the CJ.

He said, “Permit me to use this opportunity to appreciate you for your efforts to decongest the custodial centres in the state.

“I took over 4,000 plus in the maximum custodial centre, Port Harcourt. But today we have dropped down to over a
1,000 lower than what I inherited in June last year. That has shown that the criminal justice system in Rivers State is working.”

See Dollar(USD) to Naira Black Market Exchange Rate Today!

Join the Discussion

No one has commented yet. Be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *