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REVIEW OF KEY ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY CENTRE FOR JUSTICE MERCY & RECONCILIATION (CJMR) FROM DECEMBER 2019 TO 31st OF DECEMBER 2020

2 Cor 1:8-10 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.

Year 2020 has come and gone, we all know that the experience of that year perfectly matched the word of Apostle Paul here.

There is no calling without challenges.The road to success was never a smooth highway drive.

Looking back to what we went through in 2020, there is no way we can write another epistle than what Apostle Paul has written above.

No day is free from evil. No year without challenges but year 2020 was particularly a different year for the inhabitant of this planet. Amidst the global Pandemic, followed by the EndSARS protest and mass killing we went through but not withstanding many success stories were recorded and we are forging ahead.

REPORT IN SUMMARY: Sitting down reflecting on the activities and accomplishments in 2019 /2020 we have a reason to thank God on your behalf and we know that some people are also thanking God on our behalf because of your support. Last year 2020 despite the sudden slam of prison gate because of the pandemic the prison gate was thrown opened for 13 people as a result of CJMR intervention. Out of 6 applications made to the Board of Mercy, 4 Convicts from Oyo State serving jail term in Kirikiri Maximum and Ibara Maximum Correctional Service, gained their freedom after 17, 18, 21 and 28 years behind the bar. One person was commuted to life imprisonment after 18 years on death row and the other application was turned down. 9 Detainees from Igbeba Correctional Service, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State gained their freedom after spending 4 to 7 years in illegal detention without case file in the Ministry of Justice. Upon their freedom 9 of them passed through the Halfway House for reorientation, presently only one is living in the Halfway House while others are still under the supervision of CJMR.

On December 29 and 31, 2020 and1st of January, 2021 CJMR fed 1,100 inmates including the prison official on duty and ministered to 10 widows each with Ten thousand naira and 9 ex-inmates each with five thousand naira with one bag of rice. Only one person voluntarily sponsored the outreach with the total sum of Eight hundred thousand (800,000.00) Naira

What we want to achieve in 2021: We want to see 9 convicts being set free in 2021 and 16 awaiting trial to regain their freedom from the endless trial from Ijebu Ode, Abeokuta Custodial Centers, and 2 inmates awaiting trial in Agodi Custodial Centre, Oyo State. To achieve this, we are going to submit one application to the Ondo State Board of Mercy on behalf of Ayodele Ikuemonihan who have spent 25 years behind the bar unjustly. We are going to follow up on 2 Applications in Ogun State Board of Mercy on behalf of Shina Oketaolegun and Akeem Fatai, who have spent 18 and 21 years in prison. We have 4 applications to be submitted to the Oyo State Board of Mercy on behalf of Kazeem Ayinde, John Obinna, Johnson Mathew, and Fatai Busari, Mumini Adisa, and Wahab Alao who have respectfully spent 19, 23, 24, and 25 years in prison. In 2021 we want to see CJMR develop on capacity building by engaging 3 full staff and equip the office with the necessary equipment to function properly.

We want to thank the team of volunteers of CJMR both in Ogun and Osun States for your commitment to this cause. You are all fantastic people to work with. We also want to thank all our supporters for the financial support to execute this ideas. Whatever we have achieved it was as a result of your support. I also want to thank the Prison welfare officials most importantly in Ijebu Ode and Abeokuta, Mr. Oyebode of Igbeba Correctional Service and Mr. Awesu Abdulkareem of Ibara Correctional Service for their maximum cooperation during the pandemic period by granting us access to our beneficiaries through telephone calls and work on their freedom. We want to acknowledge the Honor our father Chief Akindelano SAN of Akindelano Legal Practitioner (ALP) bestowed upon CJMR for solidly identifying with us. We want to thank the Hon Justice Mosunmola Arinola Dipeolu FICMC Chief Judge of Ogun State and the Executive Governor of Oyo State Engineer Seyi Makinde and the Ministry of Justice for lending us a listening ears to our pleading on behalf of those languishing in detention and on death row. We also want to use this medium to register our condolence to the family of Prof Olukayode Oyedirans and Chief Obafemi Awolowo Dynasty for the departure of our loving dear mother and member of CJMR Revd Mrs. Olubunmi Omotola Oyediran Nee Awolowo who died on 16th October, 2020 may the Almighty God grant us the grace to bear the fortitude.

I hereby present to you this report for the purpose of a broader understanding of what we are doing and our struggle against injustice and promotion of Access to Justice for all that have been denied.

Details of our report and audited financial report will soon be made available on our website.

Please, we value your feedback. Your comment and observation shall be greatly appreciated.
Yours sincerely,

Pastor Hezekiah Deboboye Olujobi

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