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Nigeria frees 2,600 correctional inmates over COVID-19 fears



AS PART of federal government’s approach to containing impact of the pandemic on the lives of some inmates in correctional centres, Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola said the Ministries of Interior and Justice secured presidential pardon for selected prisoners and also recommended others to state governments for release.

  About 2,600 in various custodial centres across the country benefitted from the amnesty, out of which 41 inmates were federal convicts.

  Aregbesola stated this while speaking at the Third Annual Lecture on Economy and Security at the Faculty of Arts, Ekiti State University, yesterday.

  According to him, those released were selected on the basis approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

  Aregbesola gave the criteria as old age, ill-health, convicts serving three years and above but have less than six months to serve, inmates with mental health issues, and those owing fines not exceeding N50,000 with no pending cases, adding that government paid N21.4million fines on behalf of 885 convicts who could not meet the obligation.

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