The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered for the release of 136 convicted criminals from the various Correctional Centres in the State, as part of efforts to decongest the facilities, as recently directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, Page 36 learnt.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, announced the gesture in a statement, in Kano, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, Governor Ganduje made the announcement when he visited Gorondutse Medium Correctional Centre, as part of his Sallah visits on Tuesday.
He urged the freed inmates to be of sound character when they are finally integrated into society.
His words: “In your position as Nigerians who deserve to be taken care of, we are here today, Sallah Day, to celebrate with you this great Sallah period, by way of releasing some of you who are pardoned.
“We are here to also see how you are feeling, and to share our joyous moment with you. We want those of you who have repented to promise that you will not go back to your previous nefarious acts.
“Some of you are released because of ill-health, some stayed longer than necessary, and some were incarcerated because they were not able to pay charges placed on them.”
In his remarks, the Controller of Kano Correctional Centres, Sulaiman T. Sulaiman, commended the Governor for the gesture
Also, each freed inmate was given N5,000, to transport themselves to their respective hometowns.
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