The Emir of Minna, Dr. Farouk Bahago has paid the required fines for freedom of twelve inmates from prisons in Niger State.
The Controller of Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) in Niger State, Mr. Baba Gana made the disclosure during a courtesy visit to the Palace of the Traditional Ruler in Minna.
While commending the emirate for the gesture, Mr. Gana said that the freed inmates included elderly persons and prisoners that had exhibited high moral standard and examplary conducts while in the detention facility.
The Controller said: “Your Highness, we are in your palace to welcome you back from medical trip and to commend your efforts in paying fines for the release of elderly inmates and prisoners who have exhibited high moral conduct while in the detention.
“We must also commend the provision of borehole by your Emirate to the prison which ensures adequate water supply to the inmates among other gestures you have extended to us. We are immensely grateful.”
In his response, the emir, Dr. Farouk Bahago appreciated the visit of the controller and assured him of a sustained cordial relationship and continuous support to the prison service from the Minna Emirate.
Meanwhile the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko, has discharged 29, granted bail to three inmates across prison formations in the State this Yuletide.
A breakdown of the total inmates freed shows that Lafia Prison has the highest number of 21 prisoners; Medium Security Prison Keffi has four while Wamba and Nasarawa prisons have two each.
The State Controller of Prisons, Alhaji Aliyu Achor, thanked the Chief Judge for putting smile on faces of the released inmates, admonishing those still under prison custody to maintain peace and keep their hope alive as next visit could be their turn.
This is coming on the heels of the Controller’s courtesy visit to the Chief Judge when he took over the command from CP Ekanem Ekwere Ekanem on 23rd October, 2017.
Stephen A. Abene (CPRO)