By SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has granted official pardon to 500 prison inmates in the spirit of the Eid el-Fitr.
The latest figure brings to 3,000, the number of prison inmates freed by the governor in the last two years.
Dr. Ganduje made the disclosure at Kano Central Prison Kurmawa, in the state capital, while addressing a cross-section of convicts, shortly after the Eid prayer in the state capital.
The governor, who was accompanied to the prison by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. A.B. Dambazau (rtd), explained that a “committee of officials of the state government and the state command of Nigeria Prison Service have already been mandated to produce names of deserving inmates, within the next two weeks”.
He explained that “200 of the prisoners who would be pardoned would come from the state Central prison while the remaining 300 would come from Goron Dutse prison and other satellite prisons in the state.”
The governor was excited that many of the prisoners have shown repentance and have changed positively in terms of behavior.
Regarding the issue of condemned prisoners, those on life imprisonment and those with many years in prison without conviction, the governor assured that a committee would be set up to review their cases and make recommendations to the government, for possible review of their punishments, assuring the committee would submit its reports in two weeks.
Dr. Ganduje used the occasion to formally declare 50 persons free, who were earlier on, granted amnesty, during the state 50th anniversary celebrations last May. He said all of them would receive transport fare to their various destinations.