By SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano
Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has pardoned 500 prisons inmates besides the other 3000 he pardoned since he assumed office.
This was part of his administration resolve towards alleviating the suffering of not only the free citizens but also people in prisons across the state.
The pardon was said to be in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir.
Those who got the official reprieve were 250 prisoners from Kurmawa Central Prison, 150 from Goron Dutse and 100 from satellite prisons across the state.
Seven condemned prisoners had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment while the rest were released because the state government paid their respective fines and compensations even as some were freed on grounds of age and illness.
Speaking during a visit to Kurmawa Prison, Governor Ganduje explained that “the gesture was also in line with the Federal government’s directive on judicious decongestion of prisons across the country”.
“The federal government wants a crime-free Nigeria and in trying to achieve this, justice must be tampered with mercy, on the promise that those who are pardoned would not relapse to crime”, the governor stated.
He disclosed that each of the released prisoners would be given N5, 000 instantly to go back home, while 100 of them would be selected for inclusion in the state government’s economic empowerment programme.
Governor Ganduje advised the pardoned prisoners to be of good behavior and be useful members of the society by engaging in positive social and economic ventures.
Also speaking, the Minister of Interior, Gen. A. B. Dambazau (Rtd),
represented by Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Jafaru, described the occasion as unprecedented, saying “this is the first time in Nigeria that a state government will pardon of 500 inmates in the same state at the same time”.