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President Buhari Orders Release Of Prisoners Detained Unnecessarily

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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked all state governors to release prisoners who are unnecessarily detained across the country.

He disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the 2017 All Nigerian Judges’ Conference of Superior Courts.

Buhari said he had given the governors the order last month.

He lamented the overcrowding of prisons in the country, regretting that the development as well as some challenges in the judiciary triggered the move.

“Regrettably court cases can drag on for years and years, sometimes decades without resolution,” the president said.

“I need only mention land cases in Lagos to illustrate my point.

“Reform of the judiciary should start at eliminating these seemingly endless delays in settling what to the layman are apparently simple cases.”



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