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Decongestion Panel frees 139 Prisons inmates in Katsina

NPS Controller General, Ja-afaru Ahmed

The  National stakeholders committee on prison decongestion on 19th March 2018 facilitated the release of 139 inmates of Katsina, Daura and Funtua Prisons.

A statement by DSP Ibrahim Wada Ibrahim (CPRO), said that sequel to the Controller General of Prisons’ written Memo to the Federal Executive Council meeting on the level of congestion in prisons nation wide, the national stakeholders committee on prison reforms and  decongestion was inaugurated on the 31st of October 2017 by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN)  under the chairmanship of the Honourable Judge of the FCT Justice Ishaq U Bello with the mandate to fast track the decongestion of prisons.

The statement said that the categories of prisoners who benefited include 139 Male and female prisoners sentenced with option of fines but unable to pay. Similarly five regained freedom due to their health conditions, and very soon instruments of their release will be issued.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the committee Honourable Justice Ishaq U Bello charged those who benefited to be of good behavior and stay away from committing crimes and other social vices.

Speaking on behalf of the Controller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, ACG Operations Abubakar Garba appreciated the efforts being made by Katsina State government under the leadership of Rt Honourable Aminu Bello Masari towards ensuring that the prison service achieved its statutory goals of Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of prisoners back to the society. He added that Aminu Masari is the first sitting governor in the state that visited Katsina prison and saw for himself the condition of prison facilities and inmates.

ACG Abubakar appealed to the Katsina state government to provide a Skills acquisition center in the prisons or after care materials which would go a long way towards the Reformatory process.  He also urged the general public to stop stigmatising the ex convicts.

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