Ganduje frees 136 prisoners on Sallah day
By Taiwo Okanlawon
In the spirit of the celebration of Eid-El-Kabir, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State released 136 inmates from Kano Correctional Centers.
He also provided them with 5,000 N each as the price for transport to their various destinations.
While proceeding to their release, the governor urged them to be people of good character when they are finally integrated into society.
“As Nigerians who deserve to be taken care of, we are here today, Sallah Day, to celebrate with you this great period of Sallah, by releasing some of you who are pardoned”, a- he declared.
He made the statement during his visit to the Gorondutse Middle Correctional Center as part of his visits to Sallah during the Sallah period on Tuesday.
“We are here to also see how you feel and to share our moment of joy with you. We want those of you who have repented to promise not to revert to your previous nefarious acts, ”he warned.
Explaining what led to their release, Governor Ganduje said: “Some of you are released due to health problems, some have stayed longer than necessary and some have been incarcerated because you were not. able to pay the charges against them. “
He added that the pardon exercise was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to decongest correctional facilities across the country.
He further added that “… we are therefore following this directive, in particular due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as indicated by the President. “
In his remarks, the comptroller of the correctional centers in Kano, Sulaiman T. Sulaiman commended the governor for his humanity in his relations with the inmates of these centers in the state.
“I held this position for 30 years. As I have worked in many states in the federation, I have never seen a governor of a state who cares very much about the fate of inmates in our correctional facilities, ”he said.
According to him, “His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State was here during the Eid-Fitr period, for the past 70 days, and he released some detainees. Here we are, this hardworking governor is also releasing another group of detainees. They are 136.
Sulaiman appreciated Governor Ganduje’s magnanimous intervention, to make Sallah’s celebration the most joyous among inmates, when he provided correctional centers with cattle and rams for inmates.
After they were released, each of the detainees received the sum of 5,000 naira to use as transport money back to their various destinations.