80 inmates drawn from 11 prisons in Jigawa State Prison Command have regained their freedom following the visit of the National Stakeholders Committee on Prison Decongestion to the State.


The Jigawa State Prisons Command Public Relation Officer, DSP Mohammed Sani Jahun reports that the Committee led by its Chairman, Justice Ishaq Bello paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, MON where the Chairman encouraged the Governor to continue to offer assistance to the Prison in his State, stating that it would ultimately be to the benefit of the State to do so.


Responding, the Governor promised to pay the fines of some inmates who were held for inability to pay such fines. He further promised to facilitate the relocation of Dutse Satellite prison and the completion of the Juvenile Prison in Babura Local Government Area.


The CPRO further gave the breakdown of the 80 inmates who benefited from the Committee visit to include 77 inmates whose fines were paid, 2 who were released due to ill-health and an 85 year old man who was released on age consideration.


The Controller General of Prisons was represented by the Assistant Controller General of Prisons (Operations), Abubakar Garba, who is also a member of the Committee. In his remarks, he appreciated the governor for his efforts at seeing that the NPS in Jigawa State live up to its mandate by way of fine payments and provision of skill acquisition materials.


Recall that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN in October 2017 inaugurated a National Stakeholders Committee on Prison Decongestion to fast track the decongestion of prisons nationwide which have been bedevilled with the perennial challenge of awaiting trial congestion. The Committee has since swung into action with results following. Just before its visit to Jigawa State, the Committee also effected the release of 139 inmates in Katsina State Command.