Kano state’s governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday pardoned 90 inmates at the Gorondutse Correctional Centre.
Why did he pardon them?
As part of this year’s Sallah celebration, Ganduje granted the pardon through the state Prerogative of Mercy. While visiting the Gorondutse Correctional Centre, Ganduje said “this exercise is in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s urge for decongestion of our correctional centres”. The 90 inmates, who were released on Saturday, joined thousands of others who have received the pardon since Ganduje assumed office in 2015.
Yes, the state pardon has been an annual exercise under Ganduje in the seven years that he’s been governor. While announcing the release of the 90 on Saturday, Ganduje noted that the total number of inmates he’s released on the prerogative of mercy is 3,898 across the state, adding that the gesture will continue, even after he leaves office in 2023.