The Nigerian Correctional Service has released 3,751 inmates comprising convicts and awaiting trial persons after they met the criteria set by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the release of the inmates as part of measures to decongest the centres and curb the spread of COVID-19.
The exercise was flagged off at the Kuje custodial facility, Abuja, on April 9, by Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, with the release of 72 inmates.
“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.
“A breakdown of the release shows that 2,740 convicts and 1,011 awaiting trial inmates have so far benefited from the exercise,” Austin Njoku, the NCoS spokesman said in a statement.