The Chairman, Kano State House of Assembly’s standing committee on decongestion of Prisons, Alhaji Abdulaziz Gafasa says the assembly has offered to free 100 inmates across the two prisons in the state.
Gafasa, disclosed this when he led members of the Committee for an oversight visit to the Central and Gauron Dutse prisons.
He said the visit was part of their efforts to decongest the prisons following series of complain on the condition of the prisoners.
Abduaziz Gafasa pointed that the legislatures were worried over the said condition of the prisoners, especially the issue of inadequate water supply, congestion and also the health conditions of the inmates.
He explained that despite the prisons are under the Federal Government, but most of the prisoners are indigenes of the state.
The legislature noted that the committee had informed the Controller to screen and file the list of those to be freed, especially the elderly ones and those with minor cases that failed to pay their fines from N1000 to N10,000 so that the assembly can free them.
He said that the committee will file its finding and present before the legislatures for further actions on the issues.
Responding to the legislatures, the Comptroller of the Prison Services in Kano, Alhaji Magaji Ahmad said that some of their challenges including the congestion, lack of water supply and lack of ambulances to convey emergency patients to hospital.
He added that the Prison services in Kano has only one ambulance, which he said the Jigawa State Command of the services also use the same vehicle whenever they have emergency health issues.