Okowa Decries High Number Of Awaiting Trial Inmates

BY FIDELIS EGUGBO Delta State Governor, Senator
Ifeanyi Okowa has decried the
high number of persons awaiting
trial in Nigerian Prisons, promising to
work with the judiciary to ensure
speedy dispensation of justice.
Speaking during a courtesy visit
by the Judicial arm of government
led by the State Chief Judge, Justice
Marshal Umukoro yesterday in Asaba,
Senator Okowa decried the large
number of inmates awaiting trial in
Nigerian prisons and called for speedy
completion of cases to decongest the
Prisons.
“It is very unfortunate that we have
a large number of persons awaiting
trials in our prisons, I wish to call
for speedy trials of cases for them to
reduce the number, we will find a way
to see how to work with you (Judiciary)
to rehabilitate those released by you
during prison visits by engaging and
training them through our Job Creation
Committee, but it is also important
that they will have a new mind-set so
as to reintegrate them into the society”,
the Governor said.
Governor Okowa assured that his
administration would ensure effective
partnership among the three arms of
government so as to impact positively
on the lives of Deltans and restore the
people’s confidence in government.
He commended the Judges for their
integrity in the dispensation of justice
and charged them to continue to be fair
and just in their actions as people lookup to them as role model.
The Governor promised them that
he would look into their request and
provide an enabling environment
for them to carry out their functions
effectively.
“We are at a very trying period
financially in the state and nation but
we will look into your request and see
how we can accommodate them with
available resources”, Senator Okowa
said.
Earlier, the Chief Judge, Justice
Marshal Umukoro congratulated
Governor Okowa for successful
assumption of office stating that the
Judiciary was happy to have him at the
helms of affair in the state.
While disclosing that 2,153 persons
were awaiting trials in various Prisons,
Justice Umuokoro noted that most of
those awaiting trails were between the
age of 17 and 28 years.
He called for collaboration on how to