23rd June, 2010
The Prison Ministry of Knights of St. Mulumba, Lekki sub-council, in conjunction with Stephen & Solomon, the free legal section of A.G. Giwa-Amu Law Chambers have so far facilitated the release of over 50 indigent inmates in prisons located in Lagos in the past three months.
Making this known while submitting his quarterly report to members of the Prison Ministry, Chief Giwa-Amu thanked the society for providing N300,000 to pay fines and other charges for the release of the prisoners.
He disclosed that by this gesture, the ministry was contributing its quota towards decongesting prisons in the state.
Chief Giwa-Amu who was represented by Obafemi Giwa-Amu, lamented the sorry state of prisons in the state and commended the ministry for aiding the release of indigent prisoners.
He accused the state governments of formulating policies that have led to prison congestion.
To decongest the prisons, Chief Giwa-Amu suggested the transfer of prison services like maintenance, feeding of inmates and payment of salaries of prison wardens/officials to state governments.
Chief Giwa-Amu explained that state governments collect the fines paid by the accused but left the maintenance of the prisons, prisoners and officials to the federal government.
To further aid the work of the ministry, a member, Brother Imomoh presented a cheque of N200,000 for the payment of fines for prisoners incarcerated without trial or undergoing trial.
P.M.NEWS gathered that members of the ministry engaged the services of Giwa-Amu to assist in releasing the indigent inmates because of his human right records.