Dutsev - Jigawa Commissioner for Justice,
Mr Sani Hussaini, on Wednesday, said Gov. Muhammad Badaru had freed six inmates
from prisons in the state.
Hussaini said this in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse.
He said the governor had also paid N200,000 to effect the
release of inmates with minor offences.
He added that "in his magnanimity, Gov. Badaru Abubakar
paid a fine for six minor offenders amounting to over N200,000, and they have
all been released.
"Gov. Badaru had been doing this long before he became
governor of the state.
"He had been paying fines for minor offenders every year
and had been spending millions of naira from his own pocket.’’
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He described the gesture as "very good development’’,
adding that "even this time around, he gave me the money from his pocket which
paid on his behalf.’’
The commissioner recalled that the governor had on July 17,
freed 40 inmates from various prisons in the state by paying a fine of N504,600.
Also commenting, the state’s Chairman, Nigerian Bar
Association (NBA), Mr Muhammad Turaki, said the governor’s gesture would help
in decongesting prisons in the state.
Turaki, who described the gesture as "commendable’’, urged
others, particularly wealthy individuals to emulate the governor.
He said "I think this should be emulated by all and sundry,
particularly the wealthy individuals in our societies.
"And even lawyers, it is a challenge to them to offer
continuous free legal services to these inmates so that they can be able to