Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has granted clemency to 10 prisoners and approved their immediate release.
The governor also pardoned Capt. Idris S. Mohammed (rtd), a former soldier and ex-convict, who served his term in 1985.
El-Rufaia��s action is based on the recommendations of the Kaduna State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, and to celebrate the New Year.
The governor said it is customary to show compassion to deserving prisoners during New Year celebrations, adding that he was exercising the powers conferred upon him by Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), to order the immediate release of the inmates and pardon Capt. Idris S. Mohammed (rtd).
The prisoners were serving jail terms ranging from three to six years, with less than six months left to complete their terms. Those pardoned for good behaviour are: Habibu Iliyasu, Ibrahim Mohammed, Ibrahim Auwalu, Abubakar Abdullahi, Shehu Usman, Ibrahim Stephen, Saidu Idris, Ashimu Danmutuwa, Kabiru Mohammed and Aliyu Yusuf.
El-Rufai also approved the recommendation to pardon Capt. Idris Mohammed to remove the stigma of an ex-convict from him.