Unlawful detention: Abia Judge grants bail to six


Following several call to reduce cases of unlawful detention in Nigeria, the Chief Judge of Abia, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, has granted bail to six accused persons remanded in the state capital for periods ranging from two years to nine years.
She urged the prison authority to prepare a comprehensive list of those accused of heinous crimes who have not been taken to the high court before the end of January 2017.
According to her, this will facilitate speedy trials and dispensation of justice to reduce the number of those awaiting trial. She also urged the prison authority to send the list to relevant agencies to enable such agencies to file suits against the suspects to avert unlawful detention and address the issue of expired warrants.
The six accused persons, made up of two females and four males, allegedly committed crimes such as theft, murder, conspiracy and armed robbery.