A total of 12 lucky inmates of Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos were set free on Tuesday to spend Christmas with their families and loved ones.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prisoners regained their freedom under an amnesty programme of Lagos State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy aimed at decongesting the prisons.
The chairman of the council, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo, said that the freed inmates have acquired skills, served sufficient period of time, shown remorse for change and ready for rehabilitation.
He said that a parol system would be established to monitor and follow up on the inmates after the release to ensure that they did not go back to their old ways of crime.
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