Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, has set 14 inmates of the Kurmawa Central Prison in Kano metropolis free, after he paid their fines.
He announced the release of the inmates on Friday during a visit to the prison in Kano.
He said the gesture was part of the state government’s efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the common man, especially those inmates who could not pay the fine.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the release of the inmates follows the recommendation of the state committee on the prerogative of mercy.
The governor urged the released prisoners to be of good conduct after their reunion with their respective families.
He gave each of the 14 inmates N5, 000 to enable them transport themselves to their respective home towns and villages.
Responding, the Controller of Prisons in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar, commended the governor for the gesture.
He called on the beneficiaries to avoid anything which could result in their being imprisoned again.
He also commended the state government for its continuous support for prisons in the state.