The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, has ordered the repatriation of some foreigners as he freed 38 inmates of the Ikoyi and Badagry Custodial Centres.
The inmates were pardoned at an open court session presided over by the chief judge on the premises of the State Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere, Lagos.
Out of the 38 inmates released, two were from Benin Republic, two from Niger Republic and one other from Republic of Togo.
Upon the release of the inmates, the CJ ordered that they should be repatriated back to their various countries.
Justice Alogba, said that the exercise was in line with the efforts by the federal government to decongest the prisons to control the spread COVID-19 pandemic, stated that he granted the inmates pardon pursuant to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Special Provision Act.
Justice Alogba urged the inmates to be of good behaviour, and that severe punishment would be melted out on any of the inmates caught committing crime again.
The Comptroller of the Lagos Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Mr Samuel Iyakoregha, said that the release of the inmates was a relief to the facilities.
He noted that the exercise would enabled other inmates to be of good behaviour to enjoy such gesture in future.