Musawa (Katsina State) – The Committee on Prison Inmates Rehabilitation in Katsina State has released no fewer than 40 prison inmates, convicted on minor offences.
The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Abubakar Bindawa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the end of the committee's visit to Musawa Prison that the committee visited 12 prisons.
Bindawa said that a pregnant woman was among those freed, adding that each of the inmates was given N10,000 to embark on small-scale businesses.
He said the gesture was to enable the ex-prisoners reunite with their family members and become decent citizens.
According to him, government has designed a programme where the freed inmates will be enrolled on empowerment schemes.
He called on the freed prisoners to shun vices and engage in viable ventures that would uplift their living standards.
Bindawa who is also the Special Adviser to the Katsina State Governor on Community Development, explained that the initiative would complement the Federal Government’s prison de-congesion programme.
He said that the former prisoners would also benefit from the N443 million earmarked for poverty alleviation by the State Government.
The Transition Committee Chairman of Musawa Local Government Council, Alhaji Tanimu Kira, commended Gov. Ibrahim Shema for the initiative.
One of the freed inmates, Danlami Bature, convicted for theft and sentenced to four months imprisonment with an option of fine, promised not to go back to crime.
The committee also visited satellite prisons in Musawa and Malumfashi Local Government Areas. (NAN)