President Buhari has signed for the release of 2600 inmates from prisons across the country. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola announced this at a press conference on Thursday. The amnesty is part of the federal government’s plans to depopulate the correctional facilities while also reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the country. However, not just any inmate can be let go under the amnesty. There are certain inmates that will be allowed, they are:
Inmates eligible for Release through President Buhari’s amnesty plan
- Inmates 60years and above.
- Convicts suffering from terminal diseases.
- Mentally unwell inmates.
- Prisoners with fine options not exceeding N50, 000.
- Inmates serving a minimum of 3years with less than 6months left.
Also, the minister noted that the amnesty does not apply to inmates charged with violent offences e.g. Kidnapping, Murder, Kidnapping etc. Governors across the country will work to complete the amnesty exercise. This is a welcome move from president Buhari and his cabinet in the fight against Covid-19. As of the 8th of April, Nigeria has recorded 276 confirmed cases with 44 people discharged and 6 deaths. More posts here