To celebrate this year’s Eid-Kabir, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has effected the release of 136 inmates from Kano Correctional Centres.
This was contained in a media statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Malam Abba Anwar and made available to journalist in Kano.
The statement explained that the Governor directed their release when he visited Gorondutse Medium Correctional Centre as part of his Sallah visits.
The Governor urged them to be people of sound character when they are finally being integrated into the society.
“In your position as Nigerians who deserve to be taken care of, we are here today, Sallah Day, to celebrate with you this great Sallah period, by way of releasing some of you who are pardoned,”
“We are here to also see how you are feeling and to share our joyous moment with you. We want those of you who repented to promise not to go back to their previous nefarious acts,” he warned.
Ganduje said some of inmates were released because of ill-health, imprisoned for long and incarcerated for inability to pay required fines.
He noted that the pardoning exercise was in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to decongest Correctional Centres across the country.
In his remarks, the Controller of Kano Correctional Centres, Sulaiman T. Sulaiman commended the governor for being humane while relating with inmates of such Centres in the state.
“His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state was here during Eid-Fitr period, just in the last 70 days, and he released some inmates. Here we are, this hardworking governor is also releasing another sets of inmates. They are 136.”
Sulaiman appreciated Ganduje’s gesture by providing rams and cattle for the inmates to celebrate the Eid.
Each of the released inmates were given the sum of Five Thousand Naira to use as transport fare back to their various destinations.