- Seventy-six inmates of old Abeokuta Custodial Centre, Ibara, Ogun state, were able to acquire higher education even while serving jail term
- The inmates recently graduated with NCE from Yewa Central College of Education (YCCE)
- Nigerian Correctional Service made the disclosure on social media and also shared photos from the graduation
- The Service authorities have urged the inmates to make good use of the opportunity presented to them
Seventy-six inmates of old Abeokuta Custodial Centre, Ibara, Ogun state, have graduated from Yewa Central College of Education (YCCE).
The disclosure was made by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), which said 18 others were enrolled to study various courses.
Mojeed Olaniran, the controller of NCoS in Ogun state, urged the inmates to ensure that the opportunities presented to them are well utilised.
According to NCoS chief, the Service is committed to partner with individuals and organisations for the reformation of the inmates in it's custody.
Olaniran expressed gratitude to the authorities of YCCE for the long standing partnership with NCoS for the training of inmates and enjoined others to emulate the good gesture.
Deserving students of YCCE were presented with awards of academic excellence at the graduation ceremony.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, ordered the release of 12 convicts from correctional centres in the state. The decision was made to commemorate the beginning of the New Year.
A statement from Muyiwa Adekeye, the special adviser on media and communication, indicated that the beneficiaries were granted leniency based on the recommendation of the advisory council on the prerogative of mercy.
The breakdown of prisoners released includes 10 inmates who had six months or less to the end of their 3-year sentence, while two others were pardoned due to age.
Adekeye explained that the decision was based on the constitutional powers conferred on the governor.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian government directed the Nigerian Correctional Service to release all awaiting trial inmates in its custody as part of measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus.