Six Nigerian drug offenders pardoned in Thailand lastly freed in Nigeria
Six Nigerian inmates pardoned in Thailand however nonetheless held in Kirikiri Most Jail, Lagos, have been let loose.
It was reported that eight inmates repatriated from Thailand to finish their jail phrases at dwelling are being held within the facility, over a yr past their launch dates.
The inmates embody: Wasiu Amusan, Napoleon Mba, Obi Titus, Gloria Ogbonna, Henry Azukaeme, Okpala Chukwubike, Kennedy Tanya and Yakubu Yauza.
Paperwork obtained confirmed that not lower than six of them, who have been imprisoned for drug-related offences, have been granted royal pardon and their sentences commuted by the Thai monarch, Maha Vajiralongkorn, to one-sixth of their authentic sentence.
Going by the controversial prisoner switch treaty between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Thailand and the royal pardon by the Thai King, these people ought to have been launched by 2019.
In keeping with the treaty, although inmates are transferred to their dwelling nation to serve out their sentence, they’re nonetheless below the “unique jurisdiction” of the transferring nation.
Whereas the Correctional Service (NCS) authorities claimed they weren’t because of be launched, human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, has frequently prevailed upon the Nigerian authorities in letters, demanding their freedom.
He, nonetheless, introduced that they’ve been freed in a press release on Sunday night.
In keeping with Mr Falana, the six inmates have been freed on December 26, Boxing Day.
Recounting the efforts taken to safe their launch, Mr Falana acknowledged that on July 2, 2020, his regulation agency requested the Honourable Minister of International Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, to direct the Nigerian embassy in Thailand to furnish them with the warrant for the discharge of the convicts.
“The Minister did and the Embassy procured and despatched 6 warrants to Nigeria. The warrants have been promptly forwarded to us.
“On August 25, we wrote to the Honourable Minister of Inside, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola urging him to direct the Kirikiri Most Correctional Centre to launch the convicts from custody. Because the request was subjected to bureaucratic hiccup we have been compelled to file 6 functions on the federal excessive court docket for the speedy and unconditional launch of the convicts. Though the case has been adjourned to January 25, 2021 for particular listening to, the Minister of Inside granted our request final week for the discharge of the convicts. Accordingly, they have been launched on December 26, 2020. We’re pursuing the case of the remaining two convicts.
”It’s unlucky that the convicts have been detained illegally since 2017 when the Thai King granted them amnesty. A number of months in the past, we additionally secured the discharge of an awaiting trial inmate who was charged with armed theft and deserted in the identical Correctional Centre. The authorized recommendation rendered by the Legal professional-Normal of Lagos State to the impact that he had no case to reply acquired by the police 6 years earlier was not transmitted to the Justice of the Peace Court docket that had remanded him in jail custody.”
He additional famous that the 2 instances name for a complete audit of all inmates within the nation’s correctional centres.
“As an example, 65 convicted troopers who’ve met the circumstances outlined within the Presidential Amnesty granted to sure classes of jail inmates in April 2020 are nonetheless languishing in jail custody. They have been 66 of them however one in all them has been launched from jail custody. No motive has been adduced by the jail authorities for not releasing the others,” he stated.
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