Ramadan: Wamakko secures release of 33 inmates
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence and Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has secured the release of 33 inmates from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Sokoto.
The benefiting inmates had their fines and compensations paid by Senator Wamakko, courtesy of the largesse extended to them under the Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko Free Legal Services Foundation.
The secretary of the foundation, Barr. Bashir Jodi said the beneficiaries, who were awaiting trial inmates, had their debts paid.
According to him, each of the former inmates, all males, was also given N 5,000 transport money.
Jodi said: “This is part of the perennial gesture of Senator Wamakko during the holy month of Ramadan, to enable the released inmates celebrate the Eid-el-fitr with their various families.”
The Deputy Controller, Nigerian Correctional Service, in charge of the centre, Idris Muhammad, lauded Senator Wamakko for the gesture.
While urging other wealthy individuals to emulate Wamakko, Muhammad said that the gesture would help to further decongest the centre.
He added: “This noble gesture cannot come at a better time than now when the world is grappling with the raging global Coronavirus pandemic.
“The gesture has also bolstered the security of the centre, as the decongestion has enhanced its coordination and administration.”
Addressing the freed inmates, Senator Wamakko appealed to them to steer clear from any crimes.
Represented by the coordinator of the foundation, Barr. Abdulhamid Zubair, Wamakko said: “This is to prevent you from committing any unsavoury acts capable of bringing you back into the centre.
“You should endeavour to be good and God fearing citizens, … and … engaged in meaningful activities, so as to be useful to yourselves, your respective families and the general society.”
Wamakko further pledged to sustain the gesture, so as to further alleviate the suffering of the less-privileged members of the society.