Adamawa State Government, on Tuesday, May 19, has ordered the release of 173 inmates from various correctional centres in the State as part of the measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

This was disclosed by the Adamawa State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Justice Ishaya Banu while addressing journalists in Yola, the State capital.

Banu said the release of inmates is based on the Federal Government’s decision to decongest correctional centres in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier, the Federal Government had announced that it would release 2,600 inmates in various prisons to curb the spread of Coronavirus, following the protest by inmates about congestion of facilities.

Banu added that the Adamawa State Government has set up a jail delivery committee to visit all the custodial facilities to decongest the correctional centres.

According to him, beneficiaries of the exercise must be aged, those with serious ailments must have spent six years in detention without trial and those whose case files are missing.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Yola Branch, Aji Kamale, in response described the exercise as a good development.


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