Sallah: Matawalle grants amnesty to 150 prisoners
A hundred and fifty inmates of the Gusau Maximum Security Prisons have been let free courtesy of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.
The gesture is in commemoration of the Eid el Kabir, according to the governor’s chief spokesman, Yusuf Idris.
The Director-General, Press Affairs, said in Gusau that the freed included five persons serving life terms.
Also freed were five condemned prisoners, 30 convicts, 60 awaiting trial inmates and nine nursing mothers.
Others included 41 persons freed because they could memorise the Holy Qur’an, those living with some form of disability, the aged and those who had spent more than 20 years without trial.
Matawalle advised the freed persons to consider their renewed freedom as an act of God and also see their time in prison as an opportunity to make them better persons.
The governor also donated five cows, 100 bags of rice, five rams, some drugs and other food ingredients to the remaining inmates to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.
The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Mukhtar Yushau, advised the released inmates to denounce their sins and become better persons.