NUMBER OF PERSONS REMANDED IN PRISON CUSTODY DAILY WORRIES ATTORNEY-GENERAL; LAMENTS DETERIORATING STATE OF PRISON FACILITIES

Wed Apr 19 2017

THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE NEWLY INAUGURATED DELTA STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PREROGATIVE OF MERCY HAVE BEEN CHARGED TO BE DILIGENT IN CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES OF RECOMMENDING DESERVING PRISON INMATES TO BE GRANTED AMNESTY BY THE GOVERNOR. THE STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICE, MR. PETER MRAKPOR GAVE THE CHARGE WHILE RECEIVING MEMBERS OF THE NEWLY INAUGURATED ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PREROGATIVE OF MERCY WHO PAID HIM A COURTESY VISIT ON FRIDAY, IN ASABA. MR. PETER MRAKPOR WHILE WELCOMING THE CHAIRMAN, CHIEF A.P.J. OKPAKPOR, A FORMER ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF THE STATE AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL TO HIS CHAMBERS, SAYS THE INAUGURATION OF THE ADVISORY BODY WAS A DREAM COME THROUGH TO THE GOVERNOR, HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR DR. IFEANYI OKOWA THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL WHO EXPRESSED SERIOUS CONCERNS AND WORRIES ON THE ISSUE OF PRISON CONGESTION AND DETERIORATING STATES OF PRISON FACILITIES ACROSS THE STATE, DISCLOSED THAT SOME AWAITING TRIAL INMATES ATMS SPEND AS LONG AS FOUR YEARS IN PRISON CUSTODY AWAITING TRIAL. WHILE DESCRIBING THE PRISONS AS A NIGHTMARE, THE JUSTICE COMMISSIONER LAMENTED A SITUATION WHERE OVER SIXTY PERSONS ARE REMANDED IN PRISON CUSTODY DAILY IN DELTA FOR VARIOUS CRIMES. HE CHARGED THE COUNCIL TO VISIT THE PRISONS AND LIAISE WITH THE PRISON AUTHORITIES IN ORDER TO MAKE INFORMED DECISION. ON THOSE TO BE RECOMMENDED FOR AMNESTY AND COMMUTAL OF SENTENCES TO JAIL TERMS, THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL ENJOINED THE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER THOSE WHO WERE SENTENCED TO IMPRISONMENT WITH AN OPTION OF FINE BUT WERE UNABLE TO PAY THEIR FINES, INMATES WITH SERIOUS HEALTH CHALLENGE AS WELL AS INMATES WITH GOOD CONDUCT AND EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOR. EARLIER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PREROGATIVE OF MERCY, CHIEF A.P.J. OKPAKPOR THANKED THE STATE GOVERNOR FOR THEIR APPOINTMENT, AVERRED THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON THE SUPPORT AND COOPERATION OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AS ACCORDING TO THE CHAIRMAN, LAW AND LEGAL ADMINISTRATION IN THE STATE BEGINS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL. CHIEF OKPAKPOR EXPRESSED OPTIMISM THAT WITH THE S.M.A.R.T. AGENDA, THE COUNCIL WILL RECEIVE DUE RESPECT AND PROPER FUNDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN ORDER FOR THEM TO DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES DILIGENTLY. IVOVI ARUORIWO

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