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COVID-19: FG Grants Freedom To 2,600 Prisoners

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The on Thursday granted amnesty to no fewer than 2,600 inmates as phase of measures to decongest jail amenities in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this at an ongoing press convention at the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Abuja.

He stated at least 70 inmates, who are serving a number of terms for crimes against the society, would be processed and released later today.

Aregbesola stated the affected inmates consist of inmates that are 60years and above; these struggling from ill-health probably to terminate in death; convicts serving three years and above and have much less than six months to serve; inmates with intellectual issues; and inmates with an choice of first- no longer exceeding N50,000.

He said,

“In a symbolic gesture of the amnesty given to the 2,600 inmates across Nigeria, 41 Federal inmates and 29 FCT inmates making a complete of 70 inmates who met the above standards will be released these days from the Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja.

“This amnesty will now not practice to inmates sentenced for violent excessive offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, trafficking, culpable murder and so on.

“The Governors of the 36 states underneath whose jurisdiction most of the inmates had been incarcerated will entire the exercising in line with the federal principle.”

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