The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has pardoned 12 inmates on death row who have spent 25 years awaiting execution.
This is contained in a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Nigeria Correctional Service, Kano State Command, Musbahu Kofar-Nassarawa, on Tuesday in Kano.
Mr Kofar-Nassarawa said the governor also commuted death sentences of six inmates to life imprisonment.
”Ganduje also pardoned four female inmates with long term sentences based on their good behaviour and industry as recommended by the correctional authority.
“He gave the released inmates N5,000 each as transportation fare to enable them reunite with their families,” he said
The chairman of the state Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, Abdullahi Garba-Rano, commended Mr Ganduje for using the power conferred on him by the constitution to release the inmates.
Also, the prison controller in the state, Sulaiman Mohammad-Inuwa, thanked Mr Ganduje for decongesting the custodial centres.
He advised the released inmates to stay away from any act that would lead them back to prison.