In the spirit of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has facilitated the release of 136 inmates from correctional centres in the state, urging them to be people of sound character as they get integrated into the society.
“In your position as Nigerians who deserve to be taken care of, we are here today to celebrate with you this great Sallah period, by way of releasing some of you who are pardoned,” he said.
He made the statement when he visited Gorondutse Medium Correctional Centre as part of his Sallah visits, Tuesday.
“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.
Explaining what led to their release, Governor Ganduje said “Some of you are released because of ill-health, some stayed longer than necessary and some were incarcerated because they were not able to pay charges placed on them.”
The governor revealed that their release 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 the centres in the state.
“I have worked for 30 years on this job in many states of the federation but I have never seen a governor of a state who cares so much about the plight of inmates from our Correctional Centres,” he said.
According to him, “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 set of inmates. They are 136.”
Sulaiman appreciated Governor Ganduje’s magnanimous intervention, to make Sallah celebration most joyful among the inmates, when he provided the Correctional Centres with cattle and rams for the inmates.
Each of the inmates was given N5, 000 transport money back to their various destinations.