FCT Minister Grants Amnesty To 29 Prisoners
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday, granted amnesty to 29 prisoners, who were convicted by various courts within the Federal Capital Territory judicial district for different offences that have option of fine.
The prisoners had been serving in Kuje Medium Security Prison and the Suleja Prison.
Represented at the ceremony which took place at Kuje Prison by the General Counsel of the FCT Administration, Mr Ima Okpongete, the FCT Minister noted that the gesture was in tandem with the disposition of his administration to impact positively on the welfare of the people, particularly the less privileged.
He added that he decided to grant the convicts amnesty by offsetting their various fines because he believed that many of them could still be reformed and contribute positively to societal development.
He enjoined the beneficiaries of the gesture to permanently keep away from crime, so as not to find themselves in prison again.
According to him, their freedom represents their last chance to chart a new path of orderliness, civility and good conduct as responsible members of the society.
The prisoners were convicted with varying amounts of fines, ranging from N55,000 to N3,000.
Due to their lowly economic backgrounds, they were unable to pay the fines and had to be committed to prison.
The Minister took the decision to grant amnesty to the prisoners following his recent inspection of the prisons to ascertain the condition of inmates as well as facilities on ground.
In approving the unconditional release of the convicts, the Minister offset a total of N543, 500 being the combined fines of the 29 affected prisoners. He also presented the sum of N10,000 to each of them to enable them transport themselves home.