A 31-year-old prison inmate, Chukwujekwu Ifejika, was said to have spent seven years in an Onitsha Prison without trial even as the State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi was on hand today, Tuesday to set him free.
Justice Umeadi, in setting Ifejika free for lack of criminal record or case file in an alleged case of armed robbery, said that the suspect has been in prison custody for seven years without any hearing in court.
“If the accused was convicted for the crime he was accused of, he would have served seven years in prison and he has spent seven years here.”
The chief judge also granted bail to one Chiotu Eluemuno, 32, in the sum of N50, 000 with his mother as surety.
Umeadi, who expressed displeasure over the loss of case file of the accused at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), ordered that the accused be granted bail.
Meanwhile, the freed Ifejika has expressed mixed feelings over his release, saying that he lost his parents while in incarceration.
“I thank God above all things for my freedom today. I did not have anybody to speak for me and I lost my father and mother while in the prison. I am going back home to meet relations to tell them my story.
“My incarceration has opened doors for me to learn a lot of handicraft like painting, carpentry, and tailoring.
“I am happy, if not for anything; I am going home with this knowledge. I was among the prisoners that painted some parts of the prison.”