In honor of Eid-Kabir celebration, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has pardoned 136 inmates from Kano Correctional Centres.
Furthermore, the governor gave each pardoned inmate N5,000 as transport fare to their destination. Pardons are part of measures to decongest correctional facilities.
Malam Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, said this in a statement issued in Kano. During a visit to the Goron-dutse Medium Correctional Center on Tuesday, July 20, Anwar stated that the governor made the decision.
“You are Nigerians who deserve to be taken care of, and for that reason, we are here today to celebrate with you this great Eid-el-Kabir, by pardoning some of you,” he said.
The governor was quoted as saying, “We want people that repented to promise us they will not commit nefarious acts again.”.
Anwar said that some of the inmates have been pardoned due to their ill-health or because they have stayed longer than required. Pardon has also been granted to those in prison for not being able to pay fines.
“The pardoning exercise is in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to decongest correctional centres in the country,” Ganduje was quoted as saying.