Treasurer of the Nigeria Bar Association Section on Public Interest Development and Litigation Funmi Adeogun commends the Chief Judge of Lagos State Honourable Justice Kazeern O. Alogba for his untiring commitment to prison decongestion in the state
“Today, the Lagos State Judiciary undertook the task of releasing deserving inmates from correctional facilities in the state, thereby further decongesting the prisons in the state. This judicial interventions is aimed at reducing the number of inmates in the overflowing correctional facilities
“I commend the Chief Judge of Lagos State Honourable Justice Kazeern Olanrewaju Alogba for effectively performing his constitutional duties which is pursuant to powers conferred on his Lordship by the provisions of Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Justice (Release from Custody)(Special Provisions) Act, Cap. C40. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2007.
According to official reports, nine serving inmates were released from the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, eleven serving inmates were released from the Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Kirikiri- Apapa, while twenty-one serving inmates were set free from the medium Correctional Centre, Kirikiri.
“The detrimental impact of imprisonment, not only on individuals but on families and communities, necessitates high impact prison reforms by the government.
The judiciary’s intervention will also increase awareness, implementation and replication of good justice sector practices in Lagos State as well as increase the number and quality of legal representation for awaiting trial prisoners in these facilities.
“I join a multitude of respected public leaders and legal practitioners from across the social spectrum to acknowledge this record of judicial excellence in Lagos State. Thank you and God bless.”