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Custodial Decongestion: Nigerian Government Pardons 2,600 inmates across the country - Interior Minister

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Nigerian minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday at a World Press Conference in Abuja (FCT) announced a federal government amnesty for 2,600 inmates of Custodial Centres across Nigeria where delivered a speech titled ”Compassion is the Basis of all Morality.”

The former two terms governor of Osun state said the welfare of all Nigerians has been the utmost concern and a major policy thrust of the administration of President @MBuhari since inception.

"Therefore, I thank him for graciously approving the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Custodial Decongestion.‬" Aregbesola said.

‪Those qualified for the amnesty are:‬
‪1 Inmates that are 60yrs and above‬
‪2 Those suffering ill-health that are likely to terminate in death‬
‪3 Convicts serving 3yrs and have less than 6mnths to serve‬
‪4 Inmates with mental issues ‬
‪5 Inmates with options of fine not exceeding N50,000‬.

‪The government also pardoned the following ex-convict who were recommended for pardon:‬
‪1. Late Prof. Ambrose Ali‬
‪2. Late Chief Anthony Enahoro‬
‪3. Ex Lt. Col. Moses Effiong‬
‪4. Major E.J Olare and;‬
‪5. Ajayi Olusola Babalola‬

According to the minister, the Amnesty will not apply to inmates sentenced for violent extreme offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, human trafficking, culpable homicide and so on, adding that 70 inmates who qualified for the pardon and amnesty were released on Thursday in the FCT. 

He called on governors of the other 36 states under whose jurisdiction many of the 2,600 inmates were incarcerated to complete the exercise in line with our federal principle. ‬

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