The Sokoto State Government today, (Wednesday) unconditionally pardoned nine inmates of the Sokoto Central Prison who were said to be made up of seven convicts and two who were awaiting trial.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the inmates were released by the Commissioner for Justice, Alhaji Nuhu Adamu, on behalf of Governor Aliyu Wamakko at a ceremony in Sokoto state.
Adamu who was quoted as saying that the clemency was in exercise of the powers conferred on Gov. Wamakko by Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), also revealed that four of the pardoned convicts inmates were females Three of these have children aged between one and two years old.
The commissioner, on behalf of the state government announced a donation of N30, 000 to each of the seven released convicts.
“The gesture is part of the state government’s efforts to further decongest the prison. It is has always been done during ceremonies like Sallah and Nigeria’s independence anniversary.
“This is a Holy Month of Ramadan and the state government has decided to extend the same gesture to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitri ,’’ he said.