Vanguard (Lagos)

20 February 2014

Nigeria: Kaduna Frees 46 in-Mates

Kaduna — The committee set up by Kaduna State Government to de-congest prisons in the state, Wednesday, freed 46 inmates.

The committee, led by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Shehu Garba, freed the inmates serving at the Kafanchan, Kwoi, Kachia, Manchok and Gwantu prisons.

Fielding questions from newsmen in Kafanchan, the commissioner said the decision to embark on the exercise was informed by the government's desire to free inmates unnecessarily kept in prisons.

"We have assessed the prisoners and based on the their offences, we granted some of them pardon.

"The exercise is on-going and it is the government's desire to de-congest our prisons and allow quick adjudication of justice," he said.

A cross section of the inmates that gained freedom expressed gratitude to the state government for being magnanimous to them.

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