Matawalle pardons 32 inmates from Gusau Medium Correctional Center as part of effort to decongest prison
From Bala Abubakar, Gusau
Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Bello Mattawalle has recently pardoned 32 inmates from Gusau Medium Correctional Center as part of effort to decongest prison and proactive measure to control the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The governor was represented by the state Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Nura Ibrahim who said the pardon selection was based on inmate’s response to training and correction of behavior during imprisonment.
He called on the beneficiaries to shun any act capable of returning them to prison, adding that they should find any lawful business and engage themselves.
Speaking, Comptroller of the Nigerian Correctional Centre in
Zamfara State, Sani Adamu said President Muhammadu Buhari has already pardoned 22 inmates from the state, bringing the total of those set free to 54 under covid-19 prison decongestion.
Adamu said with the decongestion, the center is now space up and facilities were adequate to serve the needs of the inmates.
He however advised philanthropists and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to contribute their quota, as some inmates were just misfortune to be there.
A mother of 10, and who is part of those pardoned by the governor,
Ladidi Simon of Benue State, in an interview with The Triumph said, she was jailed since January last year over N12 million debt.
She commended the efforts of the state governor for his sympathy, praying for the success of his administration.
She said since convicted to remain imprisoned about three years back, I thought I’ll die in prison but, all praises be to God for His wisdom to set me free.