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Kano freed 3,717 inmates in six years - Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday, said his administration, within the past six years, freed 3,717 inmates in the state.

The action, he said, was in line with the policy of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that states should make deliberate efforts to decongest prisons in the country.

Ganduje spoke when members of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Centres Reform and Decongestion led by Justice Bello, paid him a courtesy call in his office on Thursday.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying, among others that, “President Muhammadu Buhari thought it right when he called for the decongestion of our correctional centres, following the happenings in those centres. That, we should respect life and we should restore hope for the inmates.”

He added, “We adopted two major strategies in response to the call by President Buhari, for decongesting correctional centres.

“We constituted committees on the prerogative of mercy under which we released inmates twice in a year. All during Sallah festivities. Sallah-El-Fitr and Sallah-El-Kabir. So far, we have released 3,717 inmates from 2015 to date.

“We paid fines for them, which by their inability to pay, landed them in those centres. We also gave them transport fare shortly after regaining freedom. We recruited some of them into the state civil service.

“We are also keen on the administration of justice. Many at times is not all about releasing those inmates, but we still have a greater percentage of those in these centres as awaiting trial suspects.”

Justice Ishaq Bello, who led the committee, commended Ganduje’s demonstration of interest and passion in the area of administering justice.

He said, “We have screened files and received cases today, whereby over 28 people regained freedom. Furthermore, it is crucial to mention that with the support of the Kano State government, the committee was able to secure the release of about 368 inmates from various correctional centres in the state at the first visit.”