As part of the efforts to decongest prisons, the Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi has sentenced three drug traffickers to three weeks of community service.
The three offenders were sentenced by the court to daily cleaning and sweeping of the premises of Bauchi Custodial Center for the period of three weeks, to enhance the implementation of Non-Custodial measures across the state.
During the court proceedings recently, the offenders, Dahiru Ibrahim, Gambo Abdullahi, and Umar Rabiu, were found guilty of being in possession of cannabis sativa weighing 150g, 200g as well as 300g respectively.
While Inspecting the offenders at their place of duty, the officer in charge of the Non-Custodial Service Bauchi State Command, DCC Bala Kitsam, commended the Federal High Court for the judgement.
Kitsam urged the state government to expedite action towards domesticating the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 in the State for effective take-off of Non Custodial measures in the State.
He noted that when fully implemented, the Non-Custodial measures which include Community Service, parole, probation, and restorative justice, will not only help in decongesting the Custodial Centers in the State, but the society will also benefit immensely from the services rendered by the offenders.
On their part, the offenders expressed satisfaction for sentencing them to non Custodial service which they said is better than being sentenced to a Custodial centre. They pledged to abide by the rules and shun crime after their discharge.
This is one of the few sentences the Non-Custodial Service is executing in Bauchi State since its inception in 2019 following the passage into law of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act (2019).