The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has pardoned 90 inmates across correctional centres in the state.
The governor granted the prisoners pardon when he paid a Sallah visit to the Goron Dutse Correctional Centre, Kano, on Monday, alongside some members of the State Executive Council (SEC), party leaders and other top government dignitaries.
The governor, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Abba Anwar, asked the pardoned inmates to report to the government and register for skills acquisition programmes, while assuring that, “More inmates would be pardoned in the next 70 days during Eid el-Kabir celebration.”
The statement reads in part: “Some of you have been pardoned because of ill health, some because of age, some because of their inability to pay for fines placed on them; some were even on death row.
“Though many of you were given training in one skill or the other, those of you who need further training should immediately go and register with the government for another round of skills acquisition.”
The governor reminded them that the pardon was not only meant to decongest the correctional centres, but to also give them another chance to be of good character.