The Federal Government on Thursday gave presidential pardon to 2,600 prisoners throughout the federation.
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed
Seventy of such prisoners are from the Kuje Prison in Abuja but only four of them will actually be free before 3pm of Thursday as the perfection of the papers of others may attract slight delay.
The Chief justice of the federation, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and other Government officials were at Kuje Rehabilitation Center to ensure the Presidential Order while the Chief Justice and Attorney Generals in the other affected states will ensure the release of other released prisoners.
Patmos Media Line gathered that the Chief Justice of the Federation was very uncomfortable of the presented administrative bottle necks that will make some of the freed prisoners spend extra night in jail.
The Conditions for their release were hinged on those above 60 years of age, those who were sick in their bodies, those who were arraigned for minor offences and those who have almost completed their terms in Prison.
The atmosphere at Kuje Rehabilitation Center was ecstatic as even other prisoners’ jubilated with those free forgetting the social distancing law as hugs and back slapping were freely given. They broke into songs of joy that the President remembered them for good.
An elderly man who claimed to be 69 years old wished Mr. President reviewed himself and release more prisoners.
- Eniola Olatunji.