Gov Abdulrahman releases 23 prison inmates for Eid-el-Kabir celebration

By Mosunmola Ayobami, Ilorin

Ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir festival, Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, visited all Custodial Centres in the state to extend his support to inmates and demonstrate his concern for their welfare. 

The Governor released 23 convicted inmates, allowing them to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir (Adha) festival at their respective homes.

This initiative was disclosed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service Kwara State Command, SC Adegbulugbe Olumide, in Ilorin on Friday.

The statement also highlighted that the Governor reviewed the cases of 18 inmates serving life sentences. As a result, 10 life sentences were commuted to 21 years imprisonment, 6 life sentences to 10 years, 2 life sentences to 2 years, and a female inmate’s 7-year sentence was reduced to six months.

Also, the Governor ensured the transportation fees were covered for the released inmates to reach their destinations.

According to sources, the reductions and releases were based on the health conditions of the inmates and the belief that they had shown significant improvement in their behavior.

During the release event, Controller of Corrections in the state, Mr. Danmairomu Ayodeji, expressed gratitude to the Governor for his benevolence and urged the released inmates to be upstanding members of society and avoid returning to crime.

Mr. Ayodeji also commended the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, and the State Ministry of Justice for their efforts, noting that such initiatives help alleviate congestion in custodial centers.

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