Governor Nasir El Rufai if Kaduna State has released 25 prison inmates and also reduced the sentences of nine other prisoners.
The governor made this known during his message to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary on Thursday in Kaduna.
In his message he said, “As we mark the diamond jubilee of our country’s freedom, it is customary that we extend a gesture of mercy to some persons that are serving their sentence in prisons within Kaduna State.
“I have exercised powers vested by Section 212 of the Constitution and accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to commute the sentences of 34 convicts.
“Based on this decision, 25 convicts are to be released, while others have had their sentences reduced, including committal of death sentences for some convicted armed robbers to life imprisonment.”
Governor El Rufai reassured the people of Kaduna of his commitment to restore peace to Kaduna and advised residents to help in fostering peaceful coexistence in various communities.
“We are also encouraged by the community level initiatives for peace that are going on in the southern Kaduna senatorial district, beginning with the exemplary efforts of community leaders in Atyap Chiefdom.
“We pray Almighty God to bless these efforts and strengthen the constituency for peace across the state,” he added.
He also highlighted on the government efforts in the area if good governance such as education, health, economy and infrastructure.
“We have strengthened our sub-national economy with foreign direct investment and established strong credentials for ease of doing business.
“Our governance agenda aims to ensure that poverty does not stifle a child’s ability to gain decent basic education and that young people have the skills and access to finance to actualize their agency in creating jobs or in doing well where they are employed.
“Through increased investments in the health sector, we seek to reduce the possibility that pregnancy becomes a fatal ordeal for mother and infant.
The governor said, “We seek to stand by the hardworking and the honest, to promote initiative and to reward merit.”