On Tuesday, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje awarded executive pardon to 136 civilly incarcerated detainees at Kano Central Correctional Centre.
While performing the act of mercy within his prerogative, Ganduje urged the detainees to avoid any acts of iniquity that could lead to their readmission to the penal center.
Ganduje told convicts at the Gorondutse Medium Correctional Centre Wednesday that his administration had maintained the state pardon gesture, particularly during the Sallah festive period, to extend the pleasant moment to those who were detained.
The Governor also stated that the significance of the release was dependent on the willingness to decongest the overcrowded jail facility, which was vulnerable to the deadly virus incubation.
“We’ve come to see how you’re doing and to share our excitement with you as well. “Those of you who have repented, we ask you to vow not to repeat your prior malicious acts,” Ganduje stated.
“Some of you were released due to illness, some stayed longer than necessary, and yet others were imprisoned because they were unable to pay the charges against them. President Muhammadu Buhari’s instruction to decongest Correctional Centres across the country prompted the pardoning effort. As a result, we are obeying Mr. President’s directive, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Sulaiman T. Sulaiman, the Controller of Kano Correctional Centres, praised the governor for the regular state pardon and other humanitarian gestures offered to Kano Correctional Centers.
“His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state went here during Eid-Fitr period, barely 70 days ago, and he released certain inmates,” he said. Here we are, with another set of inmates being released by this hardworking governor. There are 136 of them.
“Your noble involvement has always made Sallah celebrations among the detainees the most joyful,” Sulaiman added, referring to the donation of livestock and rams for the inmates.