By Evans Abegbe
Edo State High Court, Benin City.
As part of his duties as the Chief Judge of Edo State and Chairman, Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee, Honourable Justice Joe itsebaga Acha has visited the various correctional centers in the state.
The visit which started on 13th of this month and ended on 15th took the Chief Judge to correctional center in Oko, Benin correctional center, Ubiaja correctional center and Auchi correctional center all located in Edo South, Central and North SENATORIAL DISTRICTS respectively.
A total of 8 inmates regained their freedom during the visit.
A combination of lack of evidence and unavailability of case files for cases that had been pending for up to five years were basis for release of the inmates.
In his address, Justice Acha explained “that the visit, apart from being an avowed commitment and collective determination of Edo State Judiciary and stake holders in the criminal justice sector to decongest correctional centers in the state, it is also to ensure that no one stays there a day longer than necessary by promoting speedy determination of criminal trials”.
He also appreciated the governor of Edo State Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki for his cooperation and support in making the visit possible.