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Borno State grants prisoners freedom

29 May 2015, 12:31Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Borno State Government has pardoned 15 inmates serving various prison terms around the state.

State Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, said the administration granted the pardon after scrutinising the application for amnesty presented to him for 37 inmates of Maiduguri and Biu Prisons.

He said 10 out of the 15 prisoners who received pardon are from Maiduguri Prison while the remaining five were picked from Biu Prison.

“We received 37 applications and after thorough scrutiny, 15 inmates were qualified for pardon,” Lawan said.

The 15 pardoned inmates was given undisclosed amounts of money to assist them purchase clothing and handle their transport fare to their respective communities.

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Lawan appealed to the inmates to shun all acts that could jeopardise their eventual freedom and those granted amnesty to embrace good conduct and be good ambassadors.

The Commissioner announced a donation of two cows and assorted foodstuffs to the prisons to ensure the inmates celebrate democracy day like others who enjoy freedom.  He also announced donation of N50 000 to each of the female inmates.

Deputy Comptroller of Prisons of Borno Command, Lumsam Kaye, commended the governor for his support especially the renovation of the prisons, drilling of bole holes and provision of diesel to power their generators and pump water at the prisons after experiencing cut in water supply.

- CAJ News


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