Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State announced the release of 110 convicts to commemorate Democracy Day on June 12th.

Speaking during the release at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Kaduna, Governor Sani emphasized his commitment to a reformatory system that fosters positive attitudinal changes.

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“In my one year in office, I have pardoned deserving inmates during the October 1st, 2023, and January 1st, 2024 celebrations,”

He said. “Today, I release 110 convicts, including 22 under the prerogative of mercy powers and 88 with fines or compensation to pay.”

Expressing concern over the high number of inmates awaiting trial or serving sentences with fines, Governor Sani highlighted the overcrowding issue in Kaduna’s custodial centres. Despite the centers’ upgrade to accommodate 1,100 inmates, they currently house 3,000.

Governor Sani urged the released convicts to avoid returning to criminal activities, encouraging them to acquire skills for a better future.

He also commended the efforts of the Correctional Service officers in maintaining peace in the custodial centres.