In the spirit of Eid-El-Fitir festivities, the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has secured the release of 500 Kano Central Prison Inmates, who were unable to pay their respective fines to gain their freedom.
The respective fines amounting to the total sum of N20 million paid by the Governor for the prison inmates, spread across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state, ranges from between N20, 000 and N100, 000.
The governor also gave each of the released prison inmate N3,000 for transportation to their various destinations.
The inmates were released from ten different prison locations in the state.
Moments after Ganduje paid for the release of the prison inmates, he advised them to be of good behaviour, stressing that “whoever is interested in the State Government’s youth empowerment programme would be carried along.”
He said the gesture was done in the spirit of the Ramadan which is intended to bring Muslims closer to the almighty Allah.
The governor said the effort is also to decongest the prison whose facilities are over stretched.
In his response, the Comptroller of Nigeria Prison Service, Kano Command, Ahmed Abubakar, commended the governor for his humanitarian gesture, noting that Ganduje’s contributions to the growth and development of Prisons in the state is a lot more than other Federal Government agencies in the state.
Two prison inmates, Auwalu Adamu and Blessing Abbah, who spoke on behalf of the other prison inmates, who secured their freedom, noted that news of their release filtered into their ears like a dream, adding that they never imagined that their names would be included among those, whom the governor paid for to regain their freedom.
All the freed inmates promised to turn a new leaf as the forge ahead in their urban and rural settlements.