As part of measures to decongest custodial centres in the country, the Nigerian Correctional Service has released 3,751 inmates comprising convicts and Awaiting Trial Persons who met the criteria set by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy.
The NCoS spokesman, DCC Austin Njoku in a statement on Thursday confirmed the development.
According to the statement, 2,740 convicts and 1,011 awaiting trial inmates have so far benefited from the exercise.
Njoku explained that 2,600 were earlier scheduled for pardon, but some state Chief Judges during the jail delivery processes released some awaiting trial persons cumulating in the discharge of 3,751 inmates so far.
“The NCoS wishes to state that the process is ongoing, as other measures are in place to ensure continuity and the final figures will be made public at the end of the exercise,” he stated.
The statement further said the Controller-General of NCS, Ja’afaru Ahmed, expressed his profound gratitude to all the state governors, chief judges and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system who worked tirelessly to carry out the exercise and ensure its continuity.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the release of the inmates as part of measures to decongest the custodial centres and curb the spread of COVID-19.