In the spirit of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has pardoned 136 inmates from Kano Correctional Centres.
The governor also gave N5,000 to each pardoned inmate as transport fare to their destination and cattle and rams to celebrate Eid-el Kabir.
The governor’s chief press secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, revealed this in a statement he released in Kano, he said the governor made the decision during his visit to Goron-dutse Middle Correctional Center on Tuesday.
“You are Nigerians who deserved to be taken care of and that is why we are here today to celebrate with you this great Eid-el-Kabir, by pardoning some of you,” Ganduje said
“We are also here to see how you are feeling and to share the joyous moment with you.
“We want those of you who repented to promise us not to go back to your previous nefarious acts,” the governor was quoted as saying.
Anwar said that some of the inmates were pardoned either due to ill-health or because they have stayed longer than necessary.
Pardon was also granted to those who were in prison because they were unable to pay the fines slapped on them.
“The pardoning exercise is in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to decongest correctional centres across the country,” he quoted Ganduje as saying.
In his remarks, the comptroller of Kano Correctional Centers, Sulaiman T. Sulaiman, praised the governor for being human in his dealings with inmates.
“I have worked for 30 years in many states. I have never seen a state governor worry much about the fate of inmates in our correctional facilities as Governor Ganduje, ”he said.