Coronavirus: El-Rufai approves release of 72 convicts

Coronavirus: El-Rufai approves release of 72 convicts

- Kaduna state government has released 72 convicts as part of efforts in the fight against coronavirus

- The approval was given by Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday, April 14

- According to the report, 69 of the convicts were released in Kaduna while three were freed in Kafanchan

As part of the efforts of Kaduna state government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has approved the release of 72 convicts from the Kaduna and Kafanchan correctional centres.

Channels TV reports that the state attorney general and commissioner for justice, Aisha Dikko, announced the release of the inmates on Tuesday, April 14. She disclosed that 69 of the convicts were released in Kaduna while three were freed in Kafanchan. gathered that while giving further breakdown, the commissioner noted that 42 inmates who were freed from the Kaduna correctional centre were convicts who had been given an option of fine not exceeding N50,000.

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Dikko further explained that four inmates were serving three years and above, with less than six months of their sentence left to serve.

Coronavirus: El-Rufai approves release of 72 convicts
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state
Source: UGC

The commissioner also noted that one of the inmates had spent 75% of his sentence after remission and the 22 others were convicted for minor offences.

‘’From the Kafanchan custodial centre, two inmates were freed with three months left on their sentence while one inmate was released based on old age,” she added.

This came as the government relaxed the curfew it imposed across the state over the pandemic for two days, with effect from Tuesday, April 14, till Wednesday, April 15.

The state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Tuesday, April 14, noted that the two days’ relaxation on the restriction of movement is to enable residents to restock their homes with food items and other essentials before the lockdown continues on Thursday, April 16.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that following President Buhari's order to extend coronavirus lockdown by another 14 days, the Ogun state government has pledged to ensure compliance with the directive.

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It was reported that this was announced by Governor Dapo Abiodun in a press statement issued by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, and made available to journalists on the evening of Tuesday, April 14.

The government declared that effective from Saturday, April 18, it was going to be ‘total lockdown’ in the state. The governor commended President Buhari for providing the necessary leadership especially for the federal government’s efforts to combat the deadly coronavirus in the country. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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