The Rivers State Judiciary has continued its effort in decongesting the Port Harcourt division of the Nigerian Correctional Centre.
This is as an additional 42 inmates were freed on Tuesday by the Chief Magistrates who were deployed to the Port Harcourt Maximum correctional center to hear and dispense with minor offences.
The freed 42 inmates join the initial 46 inmates released last Friday and the 62 sixty-two released on Monday bringing the total number of freed inmates during the recent goal delivery exercise to 150.
The exercise was in compliance with the directives by the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Amadi on 19th of August as part of effort to decongest the facility.
Chief Magistrate, Menenen Poromon, who addressed the freed inmates at the end the exercise, commended the Chief Judge of the state for the initiative and cautioned the released inmates against any act that could bring them back to the correctional center.
In his words “We have looked through your files and we have decided purely on merits. So many of you have come to Port Harcourt from far off and don’t have anything meaningful to do here, if you must remain in Rivers state try and make yourself useful to the state and not to become a nuisance to the society.”
“As you leave this place, may God be with you and ensure that you stay out of trouble.”
Some of the released inmates who spoke to newsmen after the court session, thanked the judiciary especially the Chief Judge for the initiative and promised never to go back to crime as they reunite with the society.
Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Amadi is expected to lead his team on a second phase of goal delivery exercise at the Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Center on resumption from court vacation.