9/03/2017

Ganduje absolves 500 prisoners


Ganduje absolves 500 prisoners

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has pardoned 500 prisoners in the state in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir.

A statement by the governor’s Director General, Media and Communications, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, on Saturday, listed those granted official reprieve to include 250 prisoners from Kurmawa Central Prison, 150 from Goron Dutse, and 100 from satellite prisons across the state.

The statement added that seven prisoners sentenced to death had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, while the rest were released, following the payment of their respective fines and compensations by the state government, just as some were set free on grounds of age and illness.

According to the statement, Ganduje explained that the gesture was in line with the Federal Government’s directive on decongestion of prisons across the country.

“The Federal Government wants a crime-free Nigeria and in its efforts to achieve this goal, justice must be tempered with mercy, on the promise that those who are pardoned will not commit a crime again,” the statement said.

It added that each of the released prisoners would be given N5,000 instantly to take care of their transport fare to their various destinations, while 100 of them would be selected for inclusion in the state government’s economic empowerment programme.

The Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), represented by Ado Jafaru, said the Federal Government appreciated the gesture and advised the pardoned prisoners not to abuse it by committing crimes again.

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