The lives of four teenagers between the ages of 17 and 19 years who were awaiting trial and imprisoned at the Badagry Prison will never remain the same again after regaining freedom.
The teenagers – Sharafadeen Sheu, Israel Emmanuel, Samodu Rasak and Tunde Ojo – regained freedom today, Thursday, November 9, 2017, on the orders of the newly appointed Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke.
Oke who visited the Badagry Prison facility earlier in the day said the move to free the four inmates was in line with efforts to decongest prisons in the State.
Although, the number of inmates that were expected to regain freedom was nine, five others were returned to face formal constitutional charges due to the gravity of their offences.
In her speech, Oke admonished the pardoned inmates to “go and sin no more”, adding that all the Judges including herself are praying for them to have a good job so that they would not be arrested because of wandering and joblessness. She disclosed that the gesture was aimed at reducing congestion at the prisons.
“I don’t know why having no work has turned to criminal offence”, she queried.
Oke maintained that the reason why the five others were returned to prison was to allow them face the constitutional consequences of the offences committed and further serve as deterrent to others.
She said the judiciary would complement the Lagos State Government to ameliorate the plight of inmates in all the prisons just as she commended the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, particularly on the commissioning of the new Magistrate court in Badagry, which according to her would further aid quick dispensation of justice in the state.
In his remark, the Deputy Controller, Badagry Prison, DCP Esan Patrick, commended the CJ for the visit and also for bringing hope to the hopeless by releasing those awaiting trials, praying that God would reward her and her team.