President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday witnessed the release of 500 inmates in Kano state.
In a statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, the President who is on a two-day visit to the state lamented the condition of the prison pledged to pursue prison reforms and decongestion with greater vigor.
Speaking at Kurmawa Central Prison Kano which saw the freedom of the 500 inmates who were either pardoned or set free upon the payment of fines by the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, President Buhari lamented that some of the freed inmates were young and charged prison authorities to make every effort to make better citizens of prisoners.
“I asked one of the inmates (released) how old he was and he told me he is only 19 years old. If we have people of 18 and 19 years in the prison, and there is no continuous training, then their lives will be completely destroyed. We will invest more in education and vocational training,’’ President Buhari said.
The President stressed the need for prisoners to receive proper care, support and rehabilitation to make them better citizens after serving their prisons terms.
He said: “I am pleased with this visit and I have learnt a bit more about the conditions of the prisons and inmates. This building in front of us was built since 1910. Rehabilitation of prisoners and training of inmates is very important to us and we would continue to invest more on this.”
“The 500 inmates granted pardon, including men and women, were drawn from various prisons in Kano state, including Kurmawa prisons which has 1,398 inmates as opposed to 750, the established capacity,” the statement read.