Federal Government Liberates 399 Inmates in Kaduna State

Federal Government Liberates 399 Inmates in Kaduna State

In a move to alleviate congestion within Correctional Centres, the Federal Government has disbursed N52 million in fines and compensation for 399 inmates across various facilities in Kaduna State. Dr. Ado Saleh, the Comptroller of Correctional Service in Kaduna State, announced this initiative during its inauguration in Zaria on Monday. Saleh revealed that the ceremony aimed to release 68 inmates from Zaria, Makarfi, Soba, and Ikara Correctional Centres, with an additional 110 inmates having been previously released in Kaduna. The initiative, designed and implemented by the Federal Government, marked a total of 399 inmates for release at the cost of N52 million.

The program, simultaneously unfolding in Kaduna, Kafanchan, and Zaria, aimed to release 281 inmates across the state during the ceremony. Of these, 68 inmates from Zaria Zone were set to benefit, including 43 from Zaria, 19 from Soba, 5 from Makarfi, and 19 from Ikara Correctional Centres. Each beneficiary was to receive N10,000 as transport fare.

Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Ojo, emphasized that the initiative aimed to decongest Correctional Centres by settling fines and compensations ranging from one Naira to one million Naira for inmates. Ojo, represented by John Otuka, Assistant Legal Adviser at the Federal Ministry of Interior, highlighted the over-stretched facilities nationwide and expressed hope that the initiative’s 4068 beneficiaries across the country would contribute to reducing the burden on these facilities. On behalf of the beneficiaries, Solomon Atambe commended the Federal Government for the invaluable gesture and encouraged fellow recipients to use the skills acquired during their time in the correctional facilities for positive purposes.


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