Lagos Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Philips yesterday released 136 inmates form Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, majority of who were awaiting trials.
Among the lucky inmates released was a couple who had been in prison since 2011 where the wife gave birth to a son who is a year old now.
The wife, Comfort Ude, 32 and her husband, Bassey Ude, 35, were released from the Female Maximum Security Prison and the Medium Kirikiri Prison respectively.
Comfort was first released, and she brought to the notice of the Chief Judge, the plight of her husband who was arrested for the same offence.
Comfort who was a house help in Magodo area of Lagos, said she stole jewellery from her employer, adding that she did not know the worth, but her husband was arrested alongside her.
Comfort’s husband, Bassey, who claimed to be a caterer and a steward, said the incident happened on March 5, 2011, when his wife stole the jewellery from her employer and showed it to him.
According to him, his wife actually stole the jewellery but he was arrested along with her on March 15 and they were both brought to the prison 15 days after, adding that while they were there, the wife gave birth to their son whom he used to see in court only when their case came up for mention.
An ecstatic Ude said he would go back to his employer, but that if he rejects him, he would ask for payment for the job he did.
The Chief Judge, who was accompanied by senior members of the judiciary including judges and the Chief Registrar, released nine inmates from the Kirikiri Female Maximum Security Prison and 127 from the Medium Security Prison.