The Lagos Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) confirmed on Saturday that the Lagos State Government pardoned and released 30 inmates.
The spokesperson of the NCoS Lagos Command, Mr Rotomi Oladokun, confirmed the release in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Oladokun stated that the inmates were pardoned by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kazeem Alogba.
“The inmates released are those who committed minor offences such as assault, disorderliness, low-level shoplifting, road traffic offences, theft, and burglary, among others.
“There is, however, a need to free more inmates as the state custodial facilities are housing over 8000 inmates, which is above their capacities,” Oladokun said.
Oladokun called on the state government to use its justice system to check the database of inmates to see if more inmates could be released.
He also urged Nigerians to accept the freed inmates and help them reintegrate back into society.