On Thursday a total of 100 inmates, regained their freedom from the Kirikiri medium prison, as part of initiatives of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) at de-congesting the prisons.
The Controller of Prisons in Lagos, Mr Tunde Ladipo, informed newsmen in Lagos that most of the affected inmate were arrested for minor offences.
He disclosed, that a Philanthropist, who has chosen to remain anonymous, offered to settle the fines meted on the inmates.
” The Philanthroplist wrote a letter to the NPS that he wants to provide food items to the inmate but I suggested to him that it is better to pay their fines to regain freedom since they were given an option of fine.
” Most of them were arrested for minor offences but because they cannot afford the fines they remanded.
” The prison is congested already and we needed to de-congest it,” He also sald