About twenty in-mates in Kaduna Convict Prison, including Muslims and Christians, with minor cases and offences have been released by the Initiative for Muslim Women of Nigeria (IMWAN).
Food worth thousands of naira and drinks were also donated to over five hundred in-mates for the sole purpose of the Holy month of Ramadan to enable them fully take part in the on-going thirty days daily prayers and fasting.
Speaking during the donation of the items in Kaduna Friday, the founder of the Initiative, Hajiya Rabiah Safiyan, said the Ramadan season is a special season of gift, assistance and Almsgiving for Allah’s blessing. On the prisoners, Hajiya Rabiah said that freedom is very vital to all human beings in the planet; that is why they selected the prisoners with less fines and charges to pay that makes them spend series of years in the prison.
Commenting on the prison congestion, the Founder decried the poor condition of the prison, adding that there is need for the States and Federal Government to quickly intervene through introducing new ways of reducing the large number of prisoners across the thirty-six States of Nigeria.
According to her, the population of the prison is highly dominated by youth rather than the elderly people with various crimes such as armed robbery, cattle rustling, rape, pick-pocketing, murder, ‘419’ and kidnapping.
Others include car snatching, fraud, forgery, homicide, manslaughter, sexual assault, aggravated burglary, indecent assault, drug trafficking and Child Abuse. However, some of the freed inmates expressed satisfaction and called on government and philanthropists to introduce skill acquisition programmes and new games for sport activities in the prisons.