…SAYS PRISONS UNDERUTILIZED
Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Henry Olusiyi has hailed courts in the state for ensuring efficient administration of justice.
He gave the commendation during a tour of the custodial centres (correctional facilities) in the state. Olusiyi, who commenced the tour with a visit to Dekina and Ankpa Custodial Centres, was glad that the correctional centres were underutilized.
The acting Chief Judge said Dekina Custodial Centre was underutilized because it has capacity for 105 inmates but presently has 14 inmates, including five convicts and nine other who are awaiting trials.
“In Ankpa Custodial Centre, we have 26 inmates out of which one Gabriel Odiniya has been released unconditionally. The facility is underutilized but it is good. It is not all the time that we should expect correctional centres to be over full. It is good.
“That is a takeaway from this visit. That our correctional centres are not congested. Ankpa and Dekina are not congested. That means that our courts are working and our correctional officers are also working.
“We have already told our courts at all stages that the essence of our mandate is the administration of justice and justice delayed sometimes can be Justice denied and at the same time Justice rushed sometimes can be Justice crushed.
“So we need to balance the two, to make sure that whatever we do, we do not allow cases to linger in our courts and at the same time, do not over rush them so that we don’t miss out on the Justice of the matter.
“We wish to commend the Chief Superintendent of Corrections in Ankpa Custodial Centre, Umoru Onuh and Superintendent Omole Olumuyiwa of Dekina and their officers and men for a job well done,” he said.
The acting CJ said that there was need for the centres to be kept clean and neat to avoid communicable and other diseases adding even the clinics in the centres did not have drugs to take care of minor diseases. “In the clinic also they don’t have essential drugs for instance, the inmates in this centre, most of them are infected with infectious skin diseases and they don’t have drugs”, he said.
Olusiyi, however, commended the two correctional centres saying, “What we have seen is good in terms of cleanness. The environment is clean and the officers are doing well with the little that they have.”