President Muhammadu Buhari has pardoned about 2,600 prison inmates across the country as part of measures aimed at decongesting the country’s correctional facilities.
The Minister for Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made this known in a press conference on Thursday.
Aregbesola said that those who benefited from this gestures are prisoners who are 60years and above and those who are suffering from terminal illness.
The Minister’s statement reads:
“In a symbolic gesture of the amnesty given to the 2,600 inmates across Nigeria, 41 Federal inmates and 29 FCT inmates making a total of 70 inmates who met the above criteria will be released today from the Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja.”
“This amnesty will not apply to inmates sentenced for violent extreme offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, human trafficking, culpable homicide and so on.
“The Governors of the 36 states under whose jurisdiction most of the inmates were incarcerated will complete the exercise in line with the federal principle.”