Ogun public defender secures freedom for over 200 inmates

Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Ogun State Ministry of Justice, says it has facilitated the release of no fewer than 200 inmates across prison formations across the state in the last one year.

Speaking during the oversight visit of the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Justice, Ethics and Public Petitions to the ministry, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Olumide Ayeni, affirmed that about 300 human rights and criminal cases had also been disposed off in the year under review.

Dr Ayeni, represented by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Adesola Shobayo, noted that the Citizen Right Department (CRD) also secured bail for 200 suspects, just as the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) successfully pursued 53 cases at various high courts in the state and Court of Appeals.

He stated that the ministry was working with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government with a view to promote legislations for improved revenue base  for the state.

The Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Adebowale Ojuri, commended the management of the ministry for being proactive despite the current economic downturn, advising the ministry to synergise with the House Committee for more efficient justice delivery system in the state.