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Gov. Mohammed pardons 96 inmates with urged to be self reliant

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Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has pardoned 96 inmates doles out N100,000 to each of them to become self-reliant and useful in the society.

Mohammed gave the advice in Bauchi on Friday while granting executive pardon for the inmates in pursuant to the exercise of his constitutional powers of Prerogative of Mercy.

According to him, the decision to pardon the inmates is informed by a careful review of their records by the Committee of the Prerogative of Mercy.

It confirmed the remorsefulness of the inmates of their misdeeds and the determination to become good citizens.

Mohammed explained that he only pardoned convicts who were unable to pay fines or compensation in the course of prosecution.

He said he deliberately declined to pardon convicts of capital offenses in order to discourage others from committing such offenses.

“I would like to implore the pardoned persons to henceforth, be law abiding citizens and engage in legitimate endeavors.”

He urged them to take advantage of the various empowerment windows provided by the administration to become self-reliant and useful to themselves and the larger society.

“Accordingly, because of the situation in the country, each of the pardoned persons would receive N100,000 and I implore you to make good use of the money.

“This money is not from my pocket, it’s from the state coffers. It is the people of Bauchi State that have extended this good gesture to you. Use it correctly and please, don’t terrorize them with criminality.

“Try and be useful citizens. We believe because of the auspiciousness of this month, you will definitely come back and be better than what you were before,” he said.

Mohammed also called on the Chief Judge of the state to prevail on judges, especially those of the lower courts to be wary of remanding persons at the correctional centers for simple and mundane offenses or even purely civil cases like matrimonial matters.

Earlier, Mr Hassan EI-Yakub, the State Commissioner for Justice, said the governor had earmarked and approved N7 million for the payment of fines and compensation for those convicts whose sentences involved the payment of fines and compensation.

El-Yakub, also the Attorney General of the state, added that Gov. Mohammed equally released N13 million as palliatives and transport money for the 96 inmates.

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