El-Ru­fai frees pris­on­ers, com­mutes death sen­tences

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

Nine pris­on­ers serv­ing var­i­ous jail terms in Kaduna State were yesterday set free by Gover­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai to mark Nige­ria’s 55th in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary. He also com­muted the death sen­tences of five con­victs to prison terms.

The gover­nor, who made the an­nounce­ment at a pa­rade held at the Ah­madu Bello Sta­dium in Kaduna, said the amnesty was in ac­cor­dance with the pow­ers con­ferred on him by Sec­tion 212 of the Nige­rian con­sti­tu­tion.

El-Ru­fai said: “Gov­ern­ment com­muted the death sen­tences of five con­victs who will now serve prison terms. Five pris­on­ers serv­ing sen­tences of three years and above were re­leased on the ba­sis of good be­hav­iour or time al­ready served.

“In ad­di­tion, three pris­on­ers were re­leased on the ba­sis of age while one was re­leased due to ill health. In do­ing our duty to show mercy, the gov­ern­ment warns that it would not tol­er­ate crime and threats to se­cu­rity.”

He also de­clared a ‘state of emer­gency’ on the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, say­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion was more than de­ter­mined to tackle the ed­u­ca­tional prob­lem in the state to free the peo­ple from ig­no­rance by be­queath­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that would be ac­ces­si­ble to all as a legacy.

He said the pro­vi­sion of free ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in de­cent schools with skilled teach­ers is one pri­or­ity his gov­ern­ment would ac­com­plish in its four-year term.

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