Thursday, September 29, 2022

Kano: 31 inmates released from correctional centre to prevent congestion

The presidential committee on Correctional Centres Reform and Decongestion was in Kano for an on-the-spot assessment.

• August 29, 2021
Nigerian Correctional Service headquarters used to illustrate this story
Nigerian Correctional Service HQ used to illustrate this story

Thirty-one inmates have been released from the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Kano.

The spokesman to the minister of justice, Umar Gwandu, said on Sunday that the presidential committee on Correctional Centres Reform and Decongestion facilitated the release of the inmates during a visit to Kano.

“The committee was in Kano for an on-the-spot assessment of the conditions of correctional centres and inmates with a view to making payment of fines for inmates who were convicted of minor offences but were unable to pay the fines, as well as a general review of peculiar cases.

“During the visit, 19 inmates were released through payment of fines by the Federal Ministry of Justice. Three were released through payment of fines by the Buni Yadi Foundation and two were released as well through payment made by Policy Vault Africa.

“Similarly, an additional seven inmates were released due to old age,” he said.

He also noted that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) brought to the attention of the chairman of the committee, Ishaq Bello, the special case of Rahama Husseini.

“In 2015, Rahama, said to be 14 years at the time, was alleged to have been forcefully married off by her father and three days after, whilst her husband attempted to consummate the marriage, a struggle ensued which led to his unfortunate death.

“While granting state pardon to Rahama, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State promised that the state government will support her rehabilitation process.

”She was said to have been in custody for almost seven years,” he revealed.

He said that representatives of UNODC and Buni Yadi Foundation were also present to lend their voices and support to the release of Ms Rahama.

On October 30, 2017, the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), constituted and inaugurated the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion.

Over 10,000 inmates have been released through the committee.

In recent times, the committee has focused more attention on the reformation of the juvenile justice system. 

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette


Telcos threaten to cut off USSD services over banks’ N80 billion debt

The debt has now risen to N80 billion from N42 billion earlier this year, said ALTON president Gbenga Adebayo.

President Muhammadu Buhari


Buhari cautions candidates, media handlers against personal attacks during campaigns

He said that as the president, he has always reiterated his commitment to a peaceful, credible and transparent election.


My 4 wives, 28 children will for vote for Tinubu, APC: Ado Doguwa

“I have done my flag off with my 28 children and four wives, who will vote for Tinubu and every other candidate of the APC.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Heading 5

Osinbajo urges elites to bridge gaps between haves and have-nots

Mr Osinbajo said that the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes and other welfare programmes were meant to address societal gaps.


Airport Project: Ekiti farmers block highway over govt’s failure to compensate for destroyed farmlands 

The farmers wielded sticks and iron bars and set up bonfires on the road to make it impassable.

Ademola Adeleke and Dotun Babayemi

Hot news Home top

Supreme Court affirms Adeleke as PDP guber candidate in Osun 

Mr Adeleke’s victory is still being challenged by the APC candidate and Osun State governor Gboyega Oyetola at the Governorship Election Tribunal.