In a bid to alleviate the congestion in Correctional Centres, the Federal Government has disbursed fifty-two million naira in fines and compensation for three hundred and ninety-nine inmates across various centres in Kaduna State.
Dr. Ado Saleh, the Comptroller of Correctional Service in Kaduna State, made this announcement during the inauguration of the initiative in Zaria on Monday.
RoyalTimes reported that the initiative aims to address the issue of overcrowding in correctional facilities by facilitating the release of inmates who were facing fines or owed compensation.
Saleh said, “We are here to release 68 inmates from Zaria, Makarfi, Soba and Ikara Correctional Centres.”
“In total, 399 inmates in Kaduna State were marked to be released at the cost of N52million.
“The commencement of the programme is simultaneously taking place at Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria to see the release of 281 across the state.
“Of the 281 to be released across Kaduna State during the ceremony 68 in mates were from Zaria Zone,” he said.
Dr. Ado Saleh highlighted that the programme was a continuation of efforts initiated and implemented by the Federal Government.
Explaining the breakdown, Saleh mentioned that among the 68 beneficiaries, 43 were from Zaria, 19 from Soba, 5 from Makarfi, and 19 from Ikara Correctional Centres.
He added that each released inmate was provided with ten thousand naira as transportation fare.