By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
Federal government has approved the release of 2,600 prison inmates across the country. The minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola announced this at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.
Aregbesola said the gesture is inline with the Federal government’s efforts to decongest the correctional centres to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
He explained that the amnesty apply only to inmates who are 60 years and above, those suffering terminal sicknesses, inmates serving three years and above and have less than six months left to serve, inmates with mental issues and inmates with options of fine not above N50,000.
The minister said the amnesty will not apply to inmates sentenced for violent offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, human trafficking and culpable homicide.
According to him, governors of all 36 states in the country will complete the amnesty exercise in line with the federal principle.