Sin No More, Buhari Tells 500 Freed Prisoners
Sometimes, when the day for freedom from captivity comes, nothing stops it from happening.
The visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Kano State has brought freedom to some 500 prisoners in the Kurmawa Central Prisons in Kano metropolis.
It is a day they will not forget.
The Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had pardoned them and had set them free, but their freedom was sealed by a handshake with the president and a token from him that will serve as their transport cost home.
President Buhari is in Kano for a two-day official visit and few hours after arrival, he met with the freed prisoners.
He had few weeks ago, at a meeting with members of the judicial arm of the government reiterated his commitment to decongesting the prisons.
That decision gave birth to the freedom of the 500 persons - males and females.
'Be Of Good Behaviour'
Buhari arrived at the place in company of the state Governor Ganduje and other government officials.
Handing them envelopes containing cash that will take them home as their names were mentioned, President Buhari advised the former prisoners to be of good behaviour and shun anything that could bring them back to prison.
Engage in lawful ventures to enable you become useful members of the society," he told the 500 freed prisoners, as they become free members of the society.
In his remarks, Governor Ganduje also advised the inmates to conduct themselves well and contribute meaningfully to societal development.
A 2016 report of the National Bureau of Statistics puts the number of persons in prisons across Nigeria at 68,686.
At least 70% of inmates in prisons are awaiting trial and the prison service had blamed that high figure on lack of vehicles to convey prisoners to court and delay in delivery of justice.