From Onuminya Innocent, Sokoto
Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has secured the release of 64 inmates after by paying N6million fines, compensation and debts owed by them.
The beneficiaries, who included a woman, were serving various jail terms in Sokoto Central Prison, Wurno, Tambuwal, Gwadabawa and Bissalam Satellite Prisons.
Through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani, Senator Wamakko said that his gesture was in the spirit of Ramadan.
Wamakko gave each of them N10,000 transport fare to return their towns and villages, and to address their immediate needs.
In a statement Mani issued on Wednesday, he said that the gesture was extended to the inmates under the Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko Free Legal Services Foundation.
While addressing the inmates, Senator Wamakko through the Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. Abdulhameed Zubairu, said that the gesture was designed to ameliorate the suffering of the people in Ramadan.
Wamakko who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education added that his action was aimed at fast tracking measures to decongest prisons, as well as facilitate the administration of justice.
He admonished them to be of good behaviour as well as see their incarceration as ordained by the Almighty Allah.
The state Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Lema Sambo Wali, represented by group’s Secretary, Mr. Kabiru Muhammad, lauded Wamakko for the intervention.
He urged other wealthy Nigerians to emulate Senator Wamakko’s gesture
A lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Mr. Shafi’u Shehu Auta, described Wamakko’s action as unparallelled.
The Chief Wali of the State Shari’a Court of Appeal, Alhaji Buhari Yahayya, appealed to the beneficiaries to shun crimes, to avoid going back to the prison.
Spokesmen of the freed inmates, Abubakar Zaidi from Sokoto city and Rahman Osayemi from Ibadan, commended Wamakko for the gesture and promised to steer clear of all acts capable of bringing them back to the prison.