About 22 prisoners in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State have been greeted with the good news of pardon by the state government as part of commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Day Anniversary.
This was made known on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by the government officials of the state.
Gov. Kashim Shettima made the announcement during an unscheduled visit to the Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison, Punch reports.
According to Shettima the decision was inspired by the action followed the recommendation of the State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.
Furthermore, he made some donations of clothes and cash of 50,000 naira each of the prisoners as transport fare back to their different homes.
Furthermore, the governor disclosed that they have approved to give a total sum of 5 Million Naira to the prison officials to enable them carry out a general renovation of the prison.
Also, Shettima presented a generating set with 27 KVA capacity to be used subsequently by the prisoners to pump water from a new borehole provided by his administration.
Meanwhile, ahead of the Sallah, he went further to present other items such as various food stuffs, two bulls and 10 rams to the prisoners for due celebration.
After the presentations, he gave them a message of hope urging them to take whatever they were passing through as trial from God and admonished them to become better citizens of the state by amending their ways.
“You are in prison today because it has been destined by the Almighty God. It does not mean the end of your lives.
“Even some holy prophets were in one time or the other imprisoned but they came out the better,” Shettima said.
Speaking on the level of insecurity that has plagued the nation, he urged the prison inmates to remember the country in their prayers in order that it will be a thing of the past.
While expressing their gratitude, the Controller of the prison, Malam Inuwa Garba, commended the administration of Shettima for the provision of the borehole.
However, he disclosed that prison which could contain about 1,600 inmates currently have about 411 prisoners adding that they needed the assistance of the government to provide necessary tools for the prison’s rehabilitation centre.
He said the 1,600 capacity prison currently has only 411 inmates.