According to the Chief Justice, over 600 cases were reviewed out of which nine of them, charged for various offences were released. He said some of the inmates were unlawfully detained while others have stayed longer than expected.
Justice Akila, who fumed over the situation of the detainees where police failed to produce evidence of diligent prosecution, said many cases are with the police and awaiting investigation. He called on them to expedite actions on the cases in order to bring them for prosecution. He also assured that the exercise would be continuous in an effort to decongest the Prison.
The Comptroller of Prisons in Gombe, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu, said the prison is currently accommodating over 1,000 inmates as against the initial capacity for 379.
Adamu, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Haruna Lawrence, attributed the congestion to delay of release of advice from Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the handling of the cases by courts that do not have jurisdiction over such cases. He said the congestion may lead to improper rehabilitation, outbreak of diseases and rape among others.
Mohammed Abba, Deputy Controller in charge of Gombe prison stated that out of the 1,040 inmates in detention, 140 are undergoing trial, 61 waiting, and 228 convicted while 22 were sentenced to death including a female.
He said, in the last three years, such exercise for pardoning inmates did not take place at the prison. Among those released include Abdurrahaman Umar, Abubakar Ayuba, Babangida Barde, Lawali Abubakar, Jibrin Gaye, Samaila Abdullahi, Haruna Adamu and Hussaina Haladu.