Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Tuesday pardoned 12 inmates on death row who have spent 25 years awaiting execution.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Spokesperson of Nigeria Correctional Service (NIS), Kano State Command, Musbahu Kofar-Nassarawa, in Kano.
Kofar-Nassarawa said that the governor also commuted death sentences of six inmates to life imprisonment
Ganduje also pardoned four female inmates with long term sentences based on their good behaviour and industriousness as recommended by the correctional authority.
According to the release, Ganduje gave the released inmates N5,000 each as transportation fare to enable them reunite with their families.
The Chairman of the state Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, Mr Abdullahi Garba-Rano, commended Ganduje for using the power conferred on him by the constitution to release the inmates.