An Abuja-based philanthropist, Alhaji Bashir Wada-Kawo, has facilitated the release of 30 inmates serving various jail terms at the Jos prison.
Newsmen report that the freed inmates included those who could not afford payments of fines as option for their sentences.
Wada-Kawo, who is the Executive Director, Wada Motors, Abuja, said he decided to pay the total and collective N1 million to offset the prisoners’ various fines to give them a new lease of life.
The philanthropist, who noted that aside being part of his company’s corporate social responsibility, the gesture was to heed to the continuous call for the de-congestion of prisons across the country.
He urged the freed prisoners to be ambassadors of peace in their respective communities and never return to their old ways of life.
“Prisons are reformative homes and your stay here should serve as a big lesson that you will use to become better persons as you go back to reunite with the larger society.
“As you leave here, do not go back to your old ways. Engage in ventures that will help to transform your lives.
“You must be seen to be doing things that will benefit your families and the society as a whole.
“Be ambassadors of peace, unity and togetherness in your various communities,” he said.
Wada-Kawo pledged to support the freed prisoners with capital to enable them to start viable businesses that would help them to sustain their lives.
He called on the judiciary to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the country, to address the challenges of prison congestion.
Newsmen report that the freed inmates, all of different faiths and beliefs, hail from Jos North and Bassa local government areas of Plateau.