Zamfara frees 60 inmates
From Bala Abubakar, Gusau
Five condemned prisoners and 55 others regained their freedom from the correctional centre in Zamfara State at the mercy of the State Chief Judge, Justice Kulu Aliyu.
The Chief Judge said, the prisoners were granted amnesty based on age and health reasons, stressing that some of them have only six months to complete their jail terms.
She was instructed on this project following a circular from the office of the Chief Justice of the Federation that every Chief Judge of the state must embark on this project, she narrated.
She noted that the screening continues next week, pointing out that there are several factors responsible for prison congestion, lamenting that the Nigeria Police is the major problem.
“The police sometimes complicate issues and on some occasions, their arrest warrants are signed, they don’t follow due processes,” she affirmed.
Justice Kulu Aliyu who spoke with newsmen at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Gusau, urged the beneficiaries to shun all forms of criminality that would bring them back to the centre.
Kulu said she was aware that most of the people being detained are innocent while many committed lighter offenses that do not need to detain them for a number of years.
She further observed that the state government has made adequate arrangements for the transportation of pardoned prisoners back to their homes.