The Kano State Chief Judge, CJ, Justice Nura Sagir-Umar, on Thursday released 35 inmates awaiting trial from the Goron Dutse correctional centre.
This is contained in a statement by Baba Jibo-Ibrahim, the State Judiciary Spokesperson in Kano.
The CJ announced the release of the inmates during a two-day visit to the Goron Dutse Correctional Centre.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the jail visit is conferred upon the Chief Judge under Section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2007.
The law empowers the CJ to conduct prison visit and order the release of any prison inmate if satisfied that the detention of that person is manifestly unlawful or that the person detained has been in custody.
NAN reports that wether on remand or otherwise for a period longer than the maximum period of imprisonment the person detained could have served or been convicted of the offence in respect of which he was detained.
The spokesman further explained that theout cry of prison congestion in the country made it more imperative for immediate visit to all the correctional facilities in the state to release deserving inmates.
He said Mr Sagir-Umar urged the freed inmates to be of good behaviour, law abiding and desist from committing any crime.