Justice Rabi Talatu Umar, who is the Chief Judge of Bauchi State, on Wednesday, free one Auwalu Ibrahim and three other inmates Almajiri who stole three local of rice.

Justice Rabi free the four awaiting trial inmates, two each from Bauchi and Ningi custodial centers during a visit to the centers to review cases of awaiting trial inmates.

Other inmates who was free are Umar Safiyanu, Magaji Iro and Adamu Sulaiman.

While Auwalu Ibrahim and Umar Safiyanu, both of whom have detained for seven months each behind bars at the Ningi Custodial Centre, Magaji Iro and Adamu Sulaiman were released from Bauchi Custodial Centre, after detained four months each there.

Chief Judge of Bauchi State, was told that Safiyanu was a motorcycle mechanic and was detained for selling a motorcycle given to him for repairs and used the money for his personal gains.

The Almajiri, Ibrahim, was said to have in the course of begging stolen three mudus of rice at a house in Ningi.

After reassessment their individual cases, the Justice Rabi free the awaiting trial inmates and counsel them to be of good character in the community.

She ordered that Ibrahim, who came to Ningi to learn the Qur’an from jigawa state to go back to his town to find a means of survival there.

Also she stated that those that was released from Bauchi Custodial Centre have learned some trades in the course of their remand at the centre and appealed them to go into the community and make a living with the respective trades they have learnt.

Speaking on the reasons of her visits to the custodial centres, Justice Umar described that her visit was part of her duties as the state Chief Judge to understand those who are not necessarily remand without genuine reasons.

Chief Justice statement read in part, “Those two cases at the Bauchi Custodial Centres are genuine cases, the awaiting trial inmates are not supposed to be there in the first instance.

“We checked and discovered that their cases are genuine. That was why I released them.”

On the entourage of the Chief Judge to the custodial centres across the state were the State Controller of the Nigeria Correctional Services, Isa Sabo Kashuri and state Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Abubakar Abdulhamid, among others.

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