The Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar, has warned Sharia court judges to stop sentencing all manner of suspects to custody, especially those with minor offences.
The judge said this during her third quarter visit to custodial centres in the state when she freed 11 inmates from custodial centres across the state after she reviewed cases of awaiting trial inmates presented to her.
The Chief Judge said the warning became imperative because such sentencing brings about congestion in custodial centres.
NEWSCASTARS.COM learn that this was contained in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Bauchi State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, SC Adam Abubakar Jibrin, said the Chief Judge admonished the released inmates to be law abiding citizens and shun crime.
The CJ, who alongside members of Administration of Criminal Justice Committee visited the custodial centres in Misau, Zaki, Gamawa, Azare, Jama’are, Ningi and Bauchi, then urged them to remain calm and exercise more patience.