In exercising his prerogative of mercy right, Governor, Amimu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has granted pardon to 17 inmates and presented N50,000 cash assistance to each of them at the Sokoto Central Custodial centre.
The gesture was also part of the government’s efforts towards decongesting the prisons in view of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Three of the freed inmates were serving time for federal offences while the remaining 14 were held for state offences.
Making the announcement on behalf of Governor Tambuwal, the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Suleiman Usman (SAN), said, “the pardon takes cognisance of the executive powers vested in the Governor to offer mercy to inmates by the 1999 Constitution as amended.”
According to him, the gesture which is also aimed at enabling the ex-prisoners to reunite with their family members and become decent citizens, was also intended to decongest the prison and protect the inmates from being affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Muhammad Bello, quoted the commissioner as calling on the pardoned inmates to shun vices and engage in viable ventures that would uplift their living standards.
He said: “This exercise is carried out on a routine basis to deserving inmates in order to offer mercy to them.”
Speaking on behalf of the State Comptroller of Correctional Service, Deputy Comptroller, Mallam Idris Muhammad, thanked the state government for its continued support and encouragement to the prison.