Three of the six critically ill inmates serving jail terms at the Imo State Prison have regained freedom. The freed inmates include Eze Ama and Agbarakwe Chibike who have already spent 8 years in prison and Linus Anyanwu, who has been in prison for 6years.
Another inmate, Chidiebere Njoku, was not released on the ground that his matter was still pending at the High Court. The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Benjamin Njamanze, said the inmates were released on health ground. He lamented over the delay in dispensation of cases, saying the situation causes inmates to stay in custody longer than necessary.
He observed that if case files are submitted to the DPP through the registrar, it will help in solving the problem of missing information about an accused person.
In his remarks, the Prison Commander in the state, Mr. Boniface Ogbodo, commended the chief judge for the gesture. He also lamented that the Imo State Prison which has the capacity to accommodate 500 inmates, is presently housing 1,737 inmates.