1. As a result of CJMR intervention logic we successfully proved the innocence of Olaniyi Emiola who was wrongfully sentenced to death by the tribunal court in 1998 on armed robbery charge. On 31.12.2010 he was granted amnesty by the then Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala after 17years of incarceration.
On 21.1.2011 he walked out of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, Apapa Lagos. There after he was reunited with his family and reconciled with his community.
2. CJMR wrote letters of appeal for clemency on behalf of 5 people on death row and on behalf of 5 people serving life imprisonment. Among them is Morufu Bolanle an inmate on death row,Ibara Prison, Abeokuta who has also spent 16years of incarceration on wrongful conviction, had his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment on 24th of December, 2011 along with Ganiyu Busari while two other case mates of Ganiyu Busari are still on death row.
3. From Agodi prison; Between February and November 2011 one hundred and six people were attended to. Pressure was mounted on the DPP Ministry of Justice to issue legal advice on the inmates who have been in detention since 2006 till 2010 so that the inmates could know their fate either they have case to answer or not. We monitored many Legal Advice from the Ministry of Justice to various courts and 9 out of them were released while others have cases to answer.
4. 120 inmates were released during the visit of the Chief Judge to the Prison on 19th and 28th of December 2011. 37 out of 69 people on the list submitted to the office of Attorney General at the Ministry of Justice were released including all the 4 detainees since 2006 that have no case file in the Ministry of Justice. 10 of them were taken to the Halfway- Home upon freedom. 7 of them have left to their relations, remaining 3 of them who could not proceed on the journey back home to meet their relations because of the following reasons: -
They came out of prison late on 29 of December (Between 11. am to 12. pm), the distance to the places where they came from (Abuja, Delta and Benue States).Transport fares sky rocketed during the New Year period and moreover there is no money for transportation. We hoped that after the New Year the transport fares must have gone down, but in contrary it became so high beyond what we could easily afford. God has used a good Samaritan to give N10,000 Cheque to one of them to travel to Abuja and he has returned home with his relations.
Some of their relations have called us on phone to say thank you You will agree with us that Public safety is not safeguarded when prisoners are released into homelessness, with no prospect of employment or able hand that can offer them a helping hand.
There needs to be a new contract with prisoners, which offers greater support in return for quitting crime. We believe that our partnering together in this year 2012 will be more productive as you make yourself available.