Asaba------------ The Delta Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro, has ordered the release of 81 inmates awaiting trial in the Sapele Prisons (now Custodial Centre) in the state.
The Public Relations Officer, Delta State High Court, Mr Timothy Agbaragu, made this known in a statement Tuesday in Asaba.
Agbaragu said that Justice Umukoro gave the order for their release when he visited the centre, after he listened to lawyers representing the affected inmates.
According to the statement, Justice Umukoro stated that the release of the inmates was done to decongest the centre.
The statement allso quoted the Deputy Controller of Sapele Custodial Centre, Mr Eugene Nwanze, as stating that the centre had 293 inmates out of which 220 were awaiting trial.
Nwanze further said that the number was 83.7 per cent of the inmate population while over 50 per cent of the same awaiting trial population was on holden charges, who had stayed longer than necessary, either before trial or without trial.
He, therefore, expressed joy that the release of the inmates took place at about the time he assumed duty in the facility.