No fewer than 31 inmates have been set free by the Federal Government in Kano State, as part of its ongoing efforts to decongest the prisons across the country.
A breakdown of the statistics showed that seven of the inmates were picked and set free by the central government because of their old age after spending several years behind bars.
Also, 19 among the ex-prisoners were allowed to reunite with their families through payment of fines by the Federal Ministry of Justice, meanwhile, three regained freedom after the Buni Yadi Foundation paid their fines.
Aside from that, an additional two inmates were allowed to leave the correctional centre after Policy Vault Africa made payment for the fines imposed by the court.
The Spokesman of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Umar Gwandu, said the release of the inmates was facilitated by the Presidential Committee on Correctional Centres Reform and Decongestion during their visit to the Kano Correctional Center.
“The Committee was in Kano for an on-the-spot assessment of conditions of Correctional Centres and inmates with a view to making payment of fines for inmates who were convicted of minor offences with the option of fines but unable to pay the fines as well as a general review of peculiar cases,” he added.
The spokesman, through a statement issued on Sunday, disclosed that one of the inmates, Rahama Husseini, was granted a State Pardon by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
According to him, the state government has concluded plans to support the 20-year-old lady’s rehabilitation after spending about six years in prison.
Husseini found her way in prison in 2015 after she and her husband had an argument and during the struggle between the deceased and her, the husband passed on.
“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) brought to the attention of the chairman Hon. (Dr.) Justice I. U Bello (Retd), the case of Rahama Husseini.
“In 2015, Rahama said to be fourteen (14) years at the time, was alleged to have been forcibly married off by her father and three days after, whilst her husband attempted to consummate the marriage, a struggle ensued which led to his unfortunate death,” the statement added.
Representatives of UNODC and Buni Yadi Foundation were also present to lend their voice and support for Rahama’s release after a thorough consideration of her case.
The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had on October 30, 2017, constituted and inaugurated the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion.
It would be recalled that over 10,000 inmates have been released from different correctional centres across the country through the Committee.