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Governor Uba Sani frees 110 inmates from Kaduna Correctional Centre 

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state has approved the release of 22 convicts and 88 awaiting trial inmates from the Kaduna Medium Custodial Centre as part of activities lined up for the celebration of 2024 June 12 Democracy Day.

Governor Sani, who visited the Kaduna Correctional Centre alongside human right activist, Femi Falana (SAN), said the move was part of efforts by his government to decongest the prisons and give second chance to deserving inmates.

He said 22 convicts would be released on pardon under the prerogative of mercy powers conferred on him by Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The governor stated that the remaining 88 convicts consists of those who have been convicted with option of fine ranging from N10,000 above, while others have compensation to pay to their victims ranging from N150,000 and above. He noted that in some cases, some of the convicts have both fines and compensation elements. 

Governor Sani expressed concern on the high rate of inmates either awaiting trials or those whose trial have begun but still ongoing, while those who have been convicted with fine or option of fine also makes-up the number.

“This is more worrisome to me considering the capacity of our custodial centres in Kaduna state. The initial capacity was 500 but upgraded now to 1,100. The custodial centers have been over-stretched. We now have a total number of 3,000 inmates.

“I came to this custodial center today with mixed feelings. We are celebrating our Democracy Day; a day set aside to pay tribute to those who made sacrifices so that we can live in freedom. I am also here to see our brothers and sisters who found themselves on the wrong side of the law. No society can exist and endure without law and order, but citizens must at all times desist from criminal activities and obey constituted authorities.

“Our administration is anchored on justice and fairness. We are committed to bringing succour to the poor, vulnerable and underserved in Kaduna state. We have zero tolerance for discrimination. We strongly believe that there is inherent goodness in every person.”

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