ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Enugu State Government has announced plans to implement the prerogative of mercy as a measure to release certain prisoners and alleviate congestion in correctional centers.
Dr. Kingsley Udeh, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, conveyed this commitment during an advocacy visit by the Catholic Institute for Development Justice And Peace (CIDJAP) Human Rights group at the Ministry of Justice headquarters in Enugu.
While the specific commencement date of the programme was not disclosed, Udeh emphasized Governor Peter Mbah’s determination to expedite justice delivery in Enugu State through the proposal of a prerogative of mercy.
Commending CIDJAP for their past support to prison inmates, the attorney general assured the group of the state’s dedication to optimal service delivery in the justice sector, aligning with the core values of Governor Mbah’s administration.
Prof. Monsignor Obiora Ike, the leader of CIDJAP Human Rights in the state, informed the commissioner that the group offers free legal services to inmates who cannot afford legal representation.
Additionally, they facilitate the reintegration of released inmates into society and provide accommodation for the homeless.
The visit aimed to strengthen collaboration and partnership between CIDJAP and the Attorney-General. Monsignor Ike highlighted challenges faced by CIDJAP, including limited access to the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL), police interference, and delays in filing information hindering inmates’ court appearances.
The cleric appealed to the state’s chief law officer to intervene in addressing these challenges, ensuring the continued provision of services to the underprivileged.