Kaduna - The Kaduna State Government on Friday said it had pardoned 58 prison inmates awaiting trial at the Kaduna Central Prisons.
Gamellion Kore, Acting Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Justice, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
"The state government pardoned and freed a total of 58 inmates on awaiting trial between Monday, January 6 to Friday, January 10.
"This exercise is to de-congest prisons in Kaduna State. We are planning to release a total of 800 inmates based on minor offences as they constitute the large chunk of those in prisons.
"Those standing trial for capital offences would be considered later," he said.
Kore noted that the facilities at the prison had been over stretched.
"As at today, the total number of inmates in Kaduna prison is 721. Out of this, 706 are males while 15 are females.
"Also, out of the figure, 437 of the inmates are awaiting trial while 282 are serving various prison terms after their conviction,'' he said.