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August 3, 2020
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#Zamfara Releases 62 Inmates due to #COVID-19

By Tahir Gusau

The  Chief Judge of Zamfara State ,Justice Kulu Aliyu has granted amnesty to 62 inmates including five condemned criminals(CC) in the state,because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Justice Kulu Aliyu told journalists  at the Gusau Medium Correctional Centre that the amnesty was in line with the directives given by the Anthony General of the Federation  and Minister of justice to decongest the correctional centres.

According to her,those considered for pardon were people with old age,health conditions,bailable cases  and those who over stayed without trial (awaiting trial) in the state.

She advised those pardoned to be good in their character and avoid anything that would make them break the law and order in the state and country in general.

The  Zamfara State Controller of the Nigeria Correctional Services, Sani Adamu Pataskum lauded  the efforts of government for granting freedom to such number of prisoners.

Sani Pataskum said  those released  includes 24 people who were awaiting trial,26 on bail, those jailed  and were close to complete their term and 5 persons on condemned list but were pardoned to life inprisonment.

The Zamfara State Attorney General and Commissiner for Justice, Barrister Nura Zarumi said  that the exercise will continue so as to decongest prisons in the state.

Barrister Zarumi appreciated the gesture of Governor Bello Matawalle’s administration which donated money to the freed inmates so as to travel to their various home towns .

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