Bail has been granted to 256 offenders by the Chief Judge of Katsina State, Justice Musa- Danladi Abubakar, to which he also released seven others in correctional centres in the state.
The Justice told journalists after the exercise on Monday that why he embarked on the visitation to various correctional centres across the state was in a bid of decongesting them and facilitating the proper use of the centres and to have manageable space in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
Beneficiaries of the chief judge’s gesture included those in their late years, those with critical health challenges, and all tose who over time have displayed good character and industry while in custody.
The Controller of Corrections, Katsina State Command, Muhammad Haruna, in his remarks, commended the Chief Judge for the exercise, when he said that decongesting the custodial facilities serves as not only enabling the Service to perform its statutory duties but of “reforming, rehabilitating and reintegrating the inmates back to the society as law-abiding citizens.”
The Controller further advised that those who regained their freedom and those granted bail should not mismanage this privilege but to be of good character and refrain from criminal activities.
This is not the first time that a similar exercise is been conducted, in 2020 following the directive of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, and Hon. Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation towards restricting the spread of the pandemic, as well as the directives to the Heads of Courts to decongest the over populace of correctional centres.