Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has granted freedom to 123 prison inmates across the state on Thursday.
Mr. Ganduje, who witnessed the release of the inmates from Goron Dutse Prison on Thursday, said the gesture was in the spirit of the Eid-El Fitr celebration.
He said the beneficiaries were selected based on the gravity of offenses and signs of reformation while in prison.
The governor said that the decision to visit the prison was to show the inmates that the state government was aware of their existence and that they were also regarded as citizens of the state.
Mr. Ganduje said that the gesture was to complement the federal government’s efforts to decongestion in the nation’s prisons.
He advised the ex-inmates to change their attitudes to life and pray for peace and stability in Nigeria.
The governor also gave each of the freed inmates N5,000 as transport fare to their various destinations.
Earlier, the Comptroller of Prisons in Kano, Suleiman Suleiman, thanked the governor for freeing thousands of inmates since his coming into office.
Mr. Suleiman advised the freed inmates to stay off crime to avoid going back to prison.
Mr. Ganduje also visited remand homes and Kano children’s homes in the metropolis as part of the Sallah celebration.