Kano Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has freed 500 inmates from 10 prisons in the state, who could not afford to pay various fines or compensation.
While addressing the freed inmates at Kano Central Prison, Kurmawa, in Kano city, the state Governor explained that the gesture is in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring Muslims closer to Almighty Allah.
Governor Ganduje explained that the state government’s decision to pay the fines and compensations, to free the inmates with minor crimes who cannot pay as charged by courts, is part of efforts to decongest the prisons, whose facilities are mostly obsolete and overstretched.
The governor lamented that prisons congestion is one of Nigeria’s major challenges, which often leads to outbreak of communicable disease while some inmates with minor crimes become hardened criminals as a result of interaction with superior criminals.
The state government also donated N3000 to each of the 500 inmates for transportation to their various towns and villages.
He promised that the freed inmates would undergo entrepreneurship training and be given grants to start economic ventures, so that they can fully integrate into the mainstream of the society.
Having the freed persons to repent and change their ways for a better future, the Kano governor also urged them to pay more attention to moral uprightness and the good of their families and humanity in general.
Earlier in the week, during a Ramadan Iftar organized by the state government for members of the elders committee of the APC and other executive officials of the state branch of the party, at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Governor Ganduje charged Nigerians to rally round the Buhari administration to enable it put the country back on the track of progress.