COVID-19: 2,600 prisoners get presidential pardon

In a bid to prevent the entry and spread of Coronavirus disease, 2600 prisoners have been granted presidential pardon by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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This was announced on Thursday, during a press conference in Abuja, by Rauf Aregbesola, a member of the presidential taskforce team on Coronavirus disease.

Although no case of the pandemic has been recorded in any of the custodial centres nationwide, there are currently 73,756 inmates in the Nigerian Custodial Centres, 21,773 are Convicts, 51,983 are ATPs, according to Ahmed Ja’afaru, head of the Nigeria Correctional Service.

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