Oyo, Judiciary move to decongest Correctional centre

Olubunmi Osotenku



The Chief Judge (CJ) of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola says the State judiciary will create special courts to decongest the correctional centre.

Abimbola said this on Wednesday during his official visit to Agodi Correctional Centre in Ibadan as part of efforts to decongest the centre.

According to Abimbola, the purpose of the visitation was to ensure speedy trials, decongest the facility and also ensure that justice is seen to have been manifestly done to all parties concerned.

We are going to setup some special courts that will constantly visit the correctional centre to decongest the centre particularlyto release inmates with simple offences.

We have have to put some reforms into operation and put emphasis on fasttracking trial and completion of trial under due process of the law.”

The CJ explained that so many factors contribute to the delay in speedy dispensation of justice in Nigeria, adding that it is not the fault of judicial officers that cases are being delayed in court.

According to the Chief Judge, Magistrate Courts in the State handle at least 300 cases each month while the high court handles over 400 to 500 cases.

It will shock you to know that the volume of cases in each magistrate court in Oyo State is over 300 while that of the high court is over 400 to 500 of both civil and criminals.

The court in the state is overburdened with casses.

We are going to address those things that contribute to the delay of trial and reduce congestion in the Correctional centre,” Abimbola said.

Earlier, Oyo State Comptroller of Nigeria Correctional Services, Tosin Akinrojomu said that the facility, established in 1894 with a capacity of 390, currently house 1,276 inmates.

By the new Act, the comptroller of the correctional centre has the power, by section 12 (4), to stop intake of inmates in the centre when it is becoming dangerous for the system to take in more inmates.

For us to do that, we have to contact the people that control the inflow of inmates such as the police, Attorney-General among others to come to the centre to release inmates,” Akinrojomu said.

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Note: Story updated from earlier version with title ‘Ibadan Correctional Overstretched’

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