The President of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari has granted a presidential pardon to about 2,600 inmates nationwide over the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The Presidential pardon to 2600 Inmates Nationwide to decongest the prison across Nigeria. It was reported that 70 inmates will be released today from Kuje maximum custodial centre.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola released this at the press conference in Abuja, the committee will continue to meet regularly to consider those who deserve the benefit.
Also speaking, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the United Nations had called the nation’s of the world to reduce the number of inmates in custodial centres in view of social distancing attitude.
While describing the flag off of the 2020 presidential pardon as historic, Malami said the process of selecting beneficiaries started in 2018.
He warned the beneficiaries to desist from crimes.
He also urged the community to open their hands and receive the boundaries with stigmatisation.
He lamented that 70 per cent of the inmate in Nigeria prison are awaiting trial.
The Controller General of NCOs, Ja’afaru Ahmed, said so far the service has not recorded any case of COVID-19.
He said the exercise will go a long way in reducing the number of inmates in the service nationwide.