Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said he freed 2,517 inmates within four years of his first tenure as governor of the state.
Ganduje, who was sworn in for his second term in office on Wednesday, May 29, made the disclosure during a visit to Goron-Dutse prison where he freed 200 inmates.
Daily Trust reports that the governor said he had offset the fines of the benefiting inmates with over N1.5m.
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Legit.ng notes that Ganduje said: “We are doing this to comply with directive given to governors by the federal government to help in decongesting prisons."
The inmates were advised by the governor to be productive to the society and always ensure to be of good behaviour after reuniting with their respective families.
Other inmates with minor offences were told to exercise patience as similar gesture would be extended to them during Sallah celebration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday, May 29, declared free primary and secondary education for school age children in the state.
He made the declaration in his acceptance speech, shortly after being sworn in as Kano state governor for a second term.
Ganduje said he would establish new company known as “Kano State Small Town Water Supply Agency” to carter for the water needs of communities in rural areas.
He also promised to boost agriculture and reiterated his administration’s policy of zero tolerance to corruption.
The governor was sworn in by the chief judge of Kano state, Justice Nuradeen Sagir Umar, alongside his deputy, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.
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