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How Divorce Is Contributing To Societal Ills —Delta CJ
Published Jul 06, 2020 IN News, FAMILY ANGLE, Human Angle, Judiciary/Law,
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The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Mar­shal Umukoro has lamented high rate of di­vorce petitions, describing it as part of social vices contributing to congestion of prisons in the state.

Justice Umukoro, who released 77 inmates and granted bail to two at Og­washi-Uku Medium Se­curity Custodial Centre in Aniocha South Local Government Area, recently, disclosed that between January and May this year alone, 157 dissolution of marriage petitions had been filed in various courts in the State, describing the ugly trend as worrisome.

The Chief Judge, who re­leased 383 inmates out of 2143 warrants reviewed in the five Custodial Centres and Sapele Remand Home across the State, observed that such ugly trend had negatively impacted on ju­venile delinquency, which in turn caused alarming rate of crime in the society.

A statement by the Func­tioning Director, Protocol and Public Relations, High Court of Justice, Delta State, Agbaragu Timothy, indi­cated that a total inmates released in the five cor­rectional centres showed that at Warri 149 freed and six granted bail out of 787 warrants reviewed; Sapele out of the 252 reviewed 77 were pardoned and two granted bail; in kwale 42 released and four granted bail. 265 warrants were reviewed in Agbor out of which 38 freed and four granted bail.

While advising parents to monitor their children closely and conduct ade­quate profile of the friends they keep, the Chief Judge admonished youths to avoid bad company, noting that 80 percent of inmates, whose ages were between 17 and 25 in Ogwashi-Uku prisons were from outside the State.

“ Like as I always say, it shows that our family sys­tem is being threatened; many parents are not do­ing their home work, “ he stressed.

Decrying the adverse consequences of complain­ants, who prematurely withdrew from rape cases, the Chief Judge stated that “It is unfortunate that most of the victims are being pressurized to settle and agreed to compound the offence; it is a drawback on the advocacy by FIDA, our women Lawyers and other NGO’s who are advocating that people charged with such offences should be tried.”

He admonished law­yers, who represent in­mates to plead for mercy rather than having the mindset of inquiring into their guilt or innocence, even as he implored them to exercise discretion in order to balance the scale of justice.

Justice Umukoro, who refused to release or grant bail to inmates charged with capital offences such as kidnapping, murder and rape, noted that such hei­nous crimes were rampant in the society.

One of the inmates granted bail on health ground was one 53-year old Benneth Madubugini from Okpanam diagnosed of glaucoma. While Emeka Chukwuma, 19, who had been in custody since 2017 for robbing a victim the sum of N820 was also pardoned by the Chief Judge, stress­ing that it amounted to economic wastage on the Federal Government.

The pardoned inmates thanked the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umu­koro for showing them mercy, vowing not to go back to crime.

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