President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday pardoned 500 inmates of the Kurmawa Central Prisons in Kano metropolis as part of Federal Government’s efforts to decongest prisons.
Buhari granted the pardon when he arrived at the place in company with the state Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and others.
The 500 inmates granted pardon, including men and women, were drawn from various prisons in Kano state, including Kurmawa prisons, which has 1,398 inmates as opposed to 750, the established capacity.
The president advised the affected inmates to be of good behaviour and shun anything that could bring them back to prison.
The president also gave the inmates an undisclosed amount of money to transport themselves to their respective homes.
In his remarks, Ganduje also advised the inmates to conduct themselves well and contribute meaningfully to societal development.
Buhari earlier visited the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.