President Buhari Grants Amnesty to 500 Prison Inmates
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday visited the Kano Central Prison and granted amnesty to 500 prison inmates of the facility.
Buhari explained that amnesty was part of the federal government’s effort to decongest prisons in the country, and urged the beneficiaries to exhibit good behavior and avoid any action that could return them to the prisons.
The president, who was in Kano for a two-day official visit, also advised the beneficiaries to make the best use of the opportunity by engaging themselves in any useful venture to enable them become profitable members of the society.
Buhari pledged that prison reforms and decongestion would continue to receive prompt attention from his administration.
Reacting to the gesture Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said “I am pleased with this visit and I have learnt a bit more about the conditions of the prisons and inmates.” This building in front of us was built since 1910. Rehabilitation of prisoners and training of inmates is very important to us and we would continue to invest more on this.”
“I asked one of the inmates (released) how old he was and he told me he is only 19 years old. If we have people of 18 and 19 years in the prison, and there is no continuous training, then their lives will be completely destroyed. We will invest more in education and vocational training.”
Buhari also reportedly gave the inmates an undisclosed amount of money to be shared as transport fare to their respective towns and villages.