238 Inmates Awaiting Trial In Auchi Prisons, Official Says

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No fewer than 238 inmates are awaiting trial at the Medium Security Prisons Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo.

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The Assistant Comptroller, Auchi Prisons, Olorunfemi Obende, gave the figure in a statement on Thursday in Auchi.

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Mr. Obende said that the figure comprised 234 male and four female inmates.

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He said that the inmates were awaiting trial from offences ranging from armed robbery, murder, stealing, manslaughter, kidnapping, assault to fraud.

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Mr. Obende bemoaned the number of pending cases in courts, noting that the development had posed a problem to the prison authorities, especially as the number had been on the increase.

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“Some of these cases end up pending for three to four years, and the prison authorities have little or nothing to do about it,” he said.

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He urged the judiciary to continue to work tirelessly in a bid to decongest the prisons.

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