By Ndahi Marama
Maiduguri — Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, yesterday, pardoned 30 prisoners following the recommendations of State Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy.
Twenty of the inmates were released by the Governor at the Maiduguri Maximum Prisons.
He said the inmates needed not to remain in prisons, adding that government would
train them in skills and other trades to enable them become useful and contribute their quota to the development of the state.
To earn N10,000 monthly
Shettima, however, warned that ‘’your release does not mean that you should go back and commit criminal activities, because your being in prison was an act of God. So today, 20 of you are going home with transport money.
“Comptroller of Prisons will be paying you monthly salary of N10,000 until all of you are trained in various skills and traders.”
According to him, after the training of the inmates government would provide them with take-off grants, so that they would be gainfully employed.
Some of those released included Musa Salisu, Hamidu Babagana, Musa Kyari, Mohammed Ibrahim, Ali Isa, Abubakar Fannami, Ibrahim Kaka, among others.
Speaking on the feeding of prison inmates and the acute shortages of portable water, Shettima said the broken down borehole would be reactivated by the Ministry of Water Resources, while 100 bags of rice, 10 jerry cans of vegetable oil and two cows had been delivered to the prisons.
He added that some of the inmates that cannot pay their fines of about N600,000 could go home as the money had been paid by the government.