Eid-el-Fitr: Ganduje frees 294 inmates
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
In line with President Buhari’s call on the decongestion of correctional centres across the country, Governor Abdullahi Umar Gamduje on Sunday freed 294 inmates.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Abba Anwar, on Sunday said the governor was at Goron Dutse Custodian Centre as part of his sallah gesture.
Ganduje said; “As a result of the directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari sometime ago, concerning decongestion of Correctional Centres across the country, to help strengthen social distancing protocol, we are today releasing, as a total with the ones released by the State Chief Judge and Grand Khadi, 294 inmates.”
“Today is a day for happiness for all of us. For the governor for the government, for the people of the state and for you who are released today,” he added.
The governor disclosed that in the last two months the state had released 603 inmates, adding that the move is based on Presidential directive to decongest Correctional Centres.
He, however, admonished the inmates to continue to observe COVID-19 protocols by washing their hands with soap and running water, or using sanitizer and wear face masks.
In his remarks, Comptroller Abdullahi commended governor Ganduje that “His Excellency governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was the only governor who donated a 30 hectare piece of land to the federal government for the construction of a modern Correctional Centre, that reaches 90 percent completion.”
He added that they had to commend other efforts of the governor concerning the development of the Service, that “He turned our cottage satellite Centres to full fledged Custodian Centre. These are that of Karaye and Farinruwa.”
Abdullahi commended the governor for an improved security in the state, appreciating that, “Your administration is doing very well in securing the state Your Excellency. And you deserve all commendation for that Sir.”
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Ibrahim Mukhtar spoke on the measures put in place by the government of Kano State to further secure the state, and citation of relevant sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic (Section 212) on the rights accorded to the Governor for releasing the inmates.
Each of the released inmates was given the sum of Five Thousand naira as transport fare to go money back.
While receiving the gesture, they assured the governor and all those present that they would be of sound character henceforth.