Of 884 Inmates, 662 Are Awaiting Trial In Ondo Prison
Not less than 662 inmates of the total population 884 at the Olokuta maximum prison in Akure are currently serving indefinite jail terms.
Whether they are guilty or innocent, these inmates are already on course and how long they will be in prison remains a poser to their management and the state judicial system.
Agitations by prison authorities and members of the public for its de-congestion were said to have continuously fallen on deaf hears as no one seems to be paying attention to the state of things at the correctional centre.
According to a prison official who did not want to be mentioned, the prison only has the capacity to accommodate 272 inmates but as of today, it is over-congested with about 884 inmates.
"Out of 884 inmates, 172 are already convicted while 662 are awaiting trials. Out of that 172, 122 inmates are on long term imprisonment, 32 on short term while 15 have been sentenced to a lifetime jail." He said.
Several terminal diseases ranging from acute tuberculosis to infections were said to be ravaging the inmates which has gone beyond what the prison clinic can handle.
According to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the State Ministry of Justice, Agnes Olowoporoku, most of the cases were stalled at the courts due to loss of their original case files.
However, in her short visit to the prison over the weekend, the chief judge of the state, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu reiterated that the state judiciary will do everything possible to decongest the prison.
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