29 May: Yobe govt frees 115 inmates

29 May: Yobe govt frees 115 inmates

Mai Mala Buni, the governor of Yobe State, has pardoned 115 convicts serving varying prison sentences in the state’s correctional facilities.

This information was provided by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Legal Matters and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, Barrister Saleh Samanja, during the presentation of a report on the methods used by the Committee to choose the benefited inmates.

The Chairman claimed that the Committee had visited prisons in Potiskum, Gashu’a, and Nguru and had compiled a list of prisoners who should be released.

The majority of the prisoners who are benefiting are those with minor offenses and shorter sentences, as well as those who are incarcerated with the option of paying a fee, among others.

“The inmates were very happy, and they assured us that this act of kindness and mercy extended to them will ensure that they never go back to their bad ways,” he said.

In addition to praising the Committee for a job well done, Governor Mai Mala Buni urged civic-minded people to get behind the movement to create a better society.

He issued a warning to the prisoners on the list not to do the same mistakes that got them into the correctional facilities, stating that whomever did so would face the full force of the law.

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