The Kaduna state government pardoned and released 212 awaiting trail inmates between January and April, as part of its prison decongestion effort.
Mr. Dari Bayero, Secretary, Committee on Decongestion of Prisons in Kaduna State, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kaduna.
Bayero said that 112 of the inmates were discharged on the basis of “no witness’’ to prosecute their cases after close to 12 years in prison custody, adding that the exercise was carried out in 12 prison across the state.
“Sixty-one inmates were freed from the Kaduna Central Prison, while 44 other awaiting trial inmates were released from the Zaria Prison.
“Seventeen inmates were released from the Soba Prison, 20 from Ikara Prison, 13 from Makarfi Prison, nine from Kachia Prison and eight from Manchok Prison. Others are, eight from Kwoi Prison, 10 from Kafanchan Prison, four from Gwantu Prison, nine from Saminaka Prison and nine from Birnin-Gwari Prison.
“We are planning to release a total of 800 inmates in 2014 who committed minor offences, as they constitute the large number of those in prison,’’ he said.
Bayero commended the state government for providing the committee with funds to carry out its function.
He assured that more inmates would be freed during the next prison visit. (NAN)