Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State Tuesday extended the prerogative of mercy to 30 prisoners in the state.
The governor, who ordered their immediate release from prisons across the state, also admitted the prisoners into the vocational scheme of the state, ordering that they should be paid N10,000 monthly for the three months duration of the programme.
Shettima, who signed the warrant for the prisoners’ release during his visit to the maximum security prison in Maiduguri, handed over N1 million to the deputy Controller in charge of the prison, Mohammed Bello Bomoi.
He ordered that N300,000 should be used to cater for the monthly allowance of the 30 freed inmates and each of them should be given N5,000 as transport fare to reunite with their families.
The governor who also noted that the vocation training was to make them useful to the society, said it would be held at the premises of the prison so as to keep other inmates in high hopes and strengthens the capacity of the prisons in providing vocational skills while making the freed inmates keep in touch with their former colleagues in the next three months to give them confidence and reassurance.
Shettima also released N600,000 to settle fines for other prisoners serving various jail terms who went to prison for inability to pay fines as options during their convictions.
During the visit, the governor interacted with all the inmates and donated food items to them.
He called on them to regard their conditions as trial moments and reform processes that should make them good citizens.
Shettima also directed the Ministry of Water Resources to immediately repair a broken down borehole at the prison to ease their hardships.
Earlier, the acting Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, said a committee on prerogative of mercy under his chairmanship went round the various prisons in the state as directed by the governor and recommended 30 inmates for release, following the receipt of application on same as required by law.
Subsequently, he said, the governor based on powers conferred on him by the constitution, signed the warrant for the inmates release.
The commissioner said 100 bags of rice, and 10 jerry can of palm oil, two cows were ordered for release to the prisons by the Governor.
In his reaction, Bomoi expressed appreciation for the governor’s support to the prison management and inmates.
This he said demonstrates his concern for the less privilege members of the society.