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President Buhari pardons 2600 prisoners

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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has pardoned about 2600 inmates in jail nationwide.

70 of the aforementioned inmates will be released on Thursday from Kuje maximum custodial centre.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this at a world news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

He said three other high profile persons also benefitted from the presidential amnesty. He added that the gesture means that they were never convicted.

Aregbesola who was flanked at the conference by the ministers of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the gesture was based on compassion.

Recall some of the House of Representatives had suggested that prisoners be released and monitored so that the prisons could be used as isolation centers for Coronavirus patients.

This had never happened and was not a factor in the president’s decision to pardon the inmates.

READ: COVID-19: 90% of patients recover without Intervention – NCDC reveals 

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