President Muhammadu Buhari has pardoned 500 inmates of the Kurmawa Central Prisons in Kano metropolis.
The move was part of the federal government’s efforts to decongest the prisons in the country.
The president who visited the prison on Wednesday during his two-day official visit to the state was accompanied by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State among others.
Granting the pardon, the president advised the inmates to be of good behaviour and away from anything that could send them back to prison.
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He urged them to engage in activities that would make them useful to the society.
Governor Ganduje also spoke in the same vein, calling on the inmates to move away from criminal activities and make themselves useful to the society.
President Buhari donated some amount of money (not disclosed) for those pardoned to go back to their different homes.