The outgoing Kano State Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Shuaibu Dikko has said he regretted how criminals were arbitrarily released in the state even after they were been charged to court.
Naija News recalls that in early May 2022, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje approved the freedom of ninety prison inmates across correctional centres in the state.
The governor also made provisions to register the former prisoners in skills acquisition programmes in the state.
Governor Ganduje assured that his government will free more inmates in the subsequent months.
Ganduje disclosed this when he paid a Sallah visit to the Goron Dutse Correctional Centre, Kano, in May, alongside some members of the State Executive Council (SEC), party leaders and other top government dignitaries.
The Governor fulfilled his promise of releasing more prisoners after he granted pardon and released various categories of inmates across the state in early July 2022.
Naija News understands that Ganduje paid the prisoners’ fines as well as compensation for 77 other inmates in the various custodial centres.
This is just as the Governor also released 10 inmates on Death Row (IDR), and commuted 3 inmates on Death Row (IDR) to Life imprisonment, among them is a female inmate.
This was contained in a statement signed by DSC Musbahu Lawan, Nassarawa Corrections Public Relations Officer, Kano Command, a copy made available to pressmen in Kano.
However, the correctional authority attested to the inmates’ good behaviour and dedication towards their reformation programmes and have shown remorse for their crimes.
Speaking, however, on Monday in Kano during a ceremony to mark his retirement at the command’s headquarters, Bompai, CP Shuaibu Dikko said he releasing criminals based on the order of the state government was his biggest challenge.
Naija News understands that the CP will retire from the service on Wednesday 27th July 2022 after reaching 60 years of age.
He was posted to Kano on February 19, 2021, and served for a period of 17 months as the 42nd Commissioner of Police in the state.
In his farewell address, CP Dikko said it was heavy on him seeing that a criminal will be released to go free after committing a crime, calling on the state government and the judicial system to do the needful in addressing the challenge.
While bidding farewell to the officers of the command, Dikko urged them to be law-abiding and always adhere to the ethics of the job wherever they found themselves, praying for them to end their service to the country in peace and happiness.
Naija News understands that there have been a series of lamentations in Kano State following Governor Ganduje’s approval for the release of criminals in the state, some of who were accused of terrorizing residents of the state.