2 remand prisoners freed under JFAP

Two remand prisoners at the Navrongo Central Prison, in the Upper East Region, have been freed under the Justice for All Programme (JFAP).

 

Dantani Bugri, 32, was arrested and remanded in 2016, after he was found in the room of a friend, accused of robbing a woman, while Ajampana Ali, had allegedly been caught smoking marijuana.

 

They regained their freedom after an ‘in-prison’ court hearing, presided by Justice Clemence Honyenuga, an Appeals Court Judge, and Chairman of the JFAP.

 

Seven other remand prisoners had their bail application granted, while the application of another prisoner was refused and another struck out.

 

The JFAP is a state instituted programme – established in 2007, to deal with prison overcrowding.

 

The programme, which is under the direct supervision of the Chief Justice, is being jointly carried out by the Judicial Service, the Office of the Attorney-General, Ghana Prisons Service and the Ghana Police Service.

 

Speaking to journalists after the hearing in Navrongo, Justice Honyenuga, said the exercise was smooth and successful, and applauded stakeholders for their contribution.

 

The team had earlier heard cases at the Tamale, Salaga and Yendi Prisons.

 

The Upper East Regional Commander of Prisons, Henry A Dasaah, said the JFAP was bringing comfort to innocent prison inmates and helping to decongest the prisons.

 

He said the Navrongo Prison that was currently keeping 256 prisoners in five dilapidated cells, was seriously congested with sanitation problems.

 

The Regional Commander of Prisons appealed for the supply of drugs to stock the prison’s sick bay, for handling of emergency cases. – GNA

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