- Alhaji Musa Halilu has facilitated the release of 41 prisoners serving various jail terms in Adamawa state
- The APC chieftain said the gesture was in the spirit of 2019 Eid-Mubarak celebrations
- The popular politician also said his action is in alignment with the federal government’s efforts to further decongest the nation’s prisons
All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and Dujima Adamawa the First, Alhaji Musa Halilu, has facilitated the release of 41 prisoners serving various jail terms at the Numan Prisons in Adamawa state.
The traditional title holder who also doubles as founder of Musa Halilu Ahmed Foundation, was in attendance at the ceremony alongside the Controller of Prisons in Adamawa, Mr. Audu Umar, and other dignitaries in the state.
The Dujuima Adamawa said the gesture was in the spirit of Eid-Mubarak, and in alignment with the federal government’s efforts to further decongest the nation’s prisons.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier directed all governors in the country to do everything possible to decongest the prisons.
This, according to Dujima Adamawa, is his commitment to support the government of Adamawa, and make the state prosperous.
Those who were granted clemency are young men between the ages of 18 and 25 as these are the segment of the productive workforce in Nigeria.
“The alarming rate of youths in Nigerian prisons is negatively impacting on the nation’s development. This gesture will encourage these young men to become responsible citizens and live a crime-free life.
“We want them to return back to their families and also contribute to the development of the country, and this can only be done when we support and empower them with necessary tools to function effectively in the society and live a meaningful life.
“Besides release, those granted clemency will be rehabilitated, reintegrated and empowered with Skills Acquisition for six months, thereafter, will be provided with seed grant to stay independent and become self-sufficient,” Halilu stated.
Alhaji Halilu further promised continuous support to the prison command in order to improve the condition of prison facilities in the state.
In his remarks, the controller of prisons in Adamawa state, Audu Umar, thanked the Dujima Adamawa the First, and advised the ex-inmates to keep away from crime to avoid going back to jail.
Meanwhile, former chairman of the Senate committee on interior, Senator Andy Uba said he sponsored the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill, 2019 because of his desire to see a total transformation in the management and administration of prisons in Nigeria.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, August 15, the former senator representing Anambra south senatorial district in the National Assembly, noted that by the extant provisions of this new law, both custodial and non-custodial sentencing would be permissible; prisons will be decongested and it would generally foster a better administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria.
This development, he said, will also ensure that the Nigerian Prisons Administration System is at par with international best practices.
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