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As part of efforts to decongest the various correctional centres in Kano State, the Chief Judge, Justice Nura Umar, has released 35 inmates at Goron Dutse Correctional Centre.

The prison decongestion is aimed at curtailing the spread of Covid-19 and Cholera outbreaks.

The Chief Judge who came into the company of the Chief Registrar and members of the Nigerian Bar Association had an interaction with some of the inmates to ascertain why and how long they have been there.

The Chief Registrar of Kano High Court, Abdullahi Bayero, who spoke on behalf of the Chief Judge, said 35 inmates were freed and given 3,000 Naira each.

He charged the freed inmates to be positive and desist from any form of negativity.

The Superintendent of the Correctional Centre, Abdullahi Ibrahim, commended the judicial arm for the visit. He said the freed inmates will further be oriented before integrating them into society.

The visit of the Chief Judge is in line with the powers conferred on him under section 1(1) of the Criminal Justice Release from Custody Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2007.