- This Christmas season seems to be favourable to prisoners in different parts of Nigeria
- President Muhammadu Buhari has freed 19 inmates of the Kuje Medium Security Correctional Centre, FCT Abuja
- Two of the prisoners are a 75-year-old man and his son who have both spent 13 years in prison
President Muhammadu Buhari, through the committee of correctional service decogestion reforms attached to his office, has freed 19 prisoners in the Kuje Medium Security Correctional Centre, FCT Abuja.
Two of the inmates released by the presidency are a 75-year-old man and his son who have both spent 13 years in prison while awaiting trial, PM News reports.
Justice Ishaq Bello, the chairman of the presidential committee, explained that the prisoners were freed following the president's bid to decongest the prison to meet with global standard of criminal justice and human right.
Bello added that the decision was also taken on behalf of the inmates on grounds of age, inability to pay fine, ill-health and overstay of statutory detention period.
Moreover, he said that the committee will establish more skill acquisition centres to empower prisoners with 25% of the proceeds from them, so that they can earn a living when they are through with their jail terms.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidency had explained that Omoyele Sowore was never detained as a journalist, but one who tried to undermine the government.
The presidency argued that since President Buhari became Nigeria's president, he has never detained a journalist or attacked a media house.
A statement by Garba Shehu, one of Buhari's spokesperson, said Sowore was detained for calling doe a revolution against the government.
The statement said the clarification had become important because some international media were giving the impression that Sowore's detention and eventual release has something to with him as a journalist.
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