The Kaduna state government has ordered the release of 162 prisoners distributed throughout the state’s numerous correctional centers as part of efforts to decongest the centers and stop coronavirus distributed among prisoners.
A statement issued on Tuesday revealed that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had pardoned 72 of the inmates, while the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Muhammadu Bello, had released 90 inmates on bail.
Governor El-Rufai appealed to the released prisoners to take advantage of their freedom to engage in useful activities and to avoid something that could lead to crime.
In addition, Kaduna Command Corrections Controller Sanusi Dan-Musa thanked the governor for the gesture.
He encouraged the released inmates to be of good behaviour, and to ensure that they are successful and have a positive effect on society.
The move comes as part of efforts to curb the COVID-19 spread just days after the state government declared a 30-day lockdown.