The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday, pardoned 136 prisoners in a bid to decongest the correctional centres in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.
He stated that the governor took the decision when he visited Goron-dutse Medium Correctional Centre on Tuesday.
Ganduje was qouted as saying “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.
“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.”
Anwar said some of the prisoners were set free either due to their health problems or having stayed longer than necessary.
He noted that others were there 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 added.
In his remarks, the Controller, Kano Correctional Centres, Sulaiman T. Sulaiman, lauded Ganduje for being compassionate by relating with prisoners.
“I have worked for 30 years in many states. I have never seen a state governor who cares very much about the plight of inmates in our correctional centres as Gov Ganduje,” he said.
He also thanked the governor for giving prisoners rams to celebrate Sallah.
According to Anwar, the governor also gave N5,000 to each pardoned inmate as transport fare to their various destinations.