By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Honourable Samaila Suleiman has facilitated release of 19 inmates from Kaduna Correctional Center after paying fines and meeting up necessary requirements for setting them free from the detention facility built by Colonial Masters in 1904.
Hon Suleiman is the legislator representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
The inmates who were members of his constituency were mostly first time offenders who were detained for minor infractions and offences that shouldn’t have kept them there for so long, according to Suleiman who reiterated commitments to ensure continuous release of other inmates who were imprisoned for minor offences which he said should not have taken them to the facility.
He also donated some items which included; three sacks of bathroom slippers, 35 units of mats, 15 cartons of laundry soap, 58 pieces of hand sanitizers among others for the use of inmates, calling on other well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations to show commitments towards welfare of inmates, many of whom he described as first time offenders who he stated would become useful members of the society if they were empowered on vocations.
The member added his voice to the call to reform Nigeria’s criminal justice system for speedy trial of suspects, particularly the awaiting trials who he revealed had been subjected to undue detention that probably wouldn’t be as long as their sentences.
He pledged to liaise with his colleagues, chairman and members of House Committee on Correctional Service and other relevant committees to introduce and pass legislations that would address welfare, condition and congestion of Correctional Centers across Nigeria, saying no decent and responsible society should abandon its inmates.
While giving homilies to the released inmates, Hon Suleiman admonished them to be responsible members of the society who should contribute their quotas towards advancing a better Nigeria devoid of crime and anti-social activities, urging them to turn a new leaf by distancing themselves from the previous offences that landed them in the correctional facility, making it clear that crime could only lead to self-destruction and regret.
While receiving the essential items from Hon. Suleiman, State comptroller of Kaduna Correctional Service, Ibrahim Labbo Maradun expressed gratitude, urging other politicians to emulate kind gesture of the member, adding that donated items would be used judiciously and for the purpose they were meant for.