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Imo Govt. To Grant Amnesty To Prison Inmates, Donates Relieve Materials

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As part of its programme to decongest the Owerri prisons, the Imo State Government has reiterated its readiness to grant amnesty to deserving prison inmates whose offenses cannot be proved beyond reasonable doubts.

Disclosing this in Owerri while handing over financial assistance to the management of the prison, Governor Rochas Okorocha represented by his Special Adviser on Justice and Social Fairness, Barr. Obinwa Etukemka said that the money was for the provision of drugs, clothes and other necessary items to the inmates assuring that those suffering from any form of ailment would also be treated.

He disclosed that gone were the days when Owerri prison was filled to the brim without government granting pardon to deserving inmates whose cases were either undergoing awaiting trials beyond the jail term the accuse person would have served if convicted or lack any evidence that would lead to their conviction.

Continuing, Barr Etukemka frowned at situation where inmates die in prison over minor issues that would have been resolved amicably while female ones still in custody deliver babies and appealed to the management to always report similar cases for government's prompt intervention.

He therefore promised that government would liaise with those affected and provide solution aimed at decongesting the prison even as he advised the youths to make good use of the free education provided by the state government and shun any form crime to avoid being rusticated.