Governor Badaru forgives 17 prisoners in Jigawa

Governor Badaru forgives 17 prisoners in Jigawa

Jigawa Governor Muhammad Badaru has pardoned 17 Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) inmates in the state.

This was announced by the head of the public relations department of the Ministry of Justice, Hajiya Zainab Baba-Santali in a statement published on Wednesday in Duce, the National Academy of Sciences reports.

Baba Santali said the gesture was aimed at unloading correctional facilities in the state, especially during the Ramadan fast and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Governor of Jigawa State Alhaji Muhammadu Badara Abubakar pardoned 17 people convicted on the recommendation of the State Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy under the leadership of Dr. Aisha Varshu Harun.

“The detainees were released from correctional facilities. The pardon is part of the governor’s usual policy of helping inmates with remorse.

“The categories of detainees range from those who have committed minor offenses and the three youths that the High Court of Jigawa has held in custody for a long time to the governor convicted of murder,” the statement said.

In response, Jigawa (AG) Attorney General Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu said the gesture showed the governor’s sympathy for the repentant prisoners.

AG added that the Committee on the Prerogatives of Mercy has performed well by carefully screening prisoners who deserve a pardon before sending the final list to the governor.

The attorney general also urged residents of the state to be law abiding, stay away from crime, report any suspicious activity to the security authorities, and pray for the peace and prosperity of the state and Nigeria as a whole.

A source; – Daily mail

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