From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
Governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umar Bago has approved the payment of fines for the discharge of eighty inmates spread across various Correctional Centres in the State to mark this year’s Democracy Day.
A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Abubakar Usman explained that the Governor’s action was in line with power of Prerogative of Mercy as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He appealed to the inmates to make use of their freedom by engaging in useful ventures and shun any act that could lead them back to correctional facility.
Alhaji Usman implored the inmates to be law-abiding citizens and engage in legitimate endeavours by taking advantage of various empowerment windows.
In a similarly, the Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), Alhaji Abubakar Usman has called on the people of the State to use the period to reflect on their roles in peace building and support for good governance.
Alhaji Usman implored the people of the State to renew their commitment to strengthening democratic institutions by imbibing values that will promote democracy such as tolerance, patriotism and discipline.
The SSG stated that, Government noted with deep concern the security challenges in the State but assured citizens that all forms of criminality will soon be nip in the bud.