Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Jibrin Ndajiwo, has set free 72 prison inmates from the old and new Minna prisons.
Among those that regained their freedom were 48 inmates from Minna old prison and 24 inmates from the new prison, including a female inmate.
Speaking with the newsmen during the short ceremony that preceded their release, at the weekend, Justice Ndajiwo said his attention was drawn to some of the prisoners who were very sick and needed urgent medical attention beyond the kind of medications provided within the prison.
Other beneficiaries of the good gesture, Justice Ndajiwo explained, were those that had almost completed their jail terms and as well, those inmates that had shown remorse for their bad habits and exhibited good behaviour while serving prison terms.
“Prisoners that regained their freedom are inmates that have almost served out their terms and those who have shown remorse for the offence that brought them into confinement and those that are sick and could not be treated while in prison custody,” he said.
While urging the ex- prison inmates to be of good behaviour and avoid acts that could lead them back to prisons, Ndajiwo recalled that the essence of prison custody was to remould humans.
Justice Ndajiwo faulted those who were of the erroneous belief that prison yard was a breeding place for hardened criminals.