The Peace Corp of Nigeria (PCN) Monday paid fines to free 40 inmates at the Suleja Prison Service as part of activities to mark their 18th anniversary.
The Commandant, Mr Dickson Akoh, while presenting some food items to prison inmates for Sallah, said payment of the fine would help to decongest the prison.
“Today’s event is very important to us because PCN is a youth development organisation with the aim of re-orientating the Nigerian youths.
“We are here to show sympathy and for this young inmates who are between the ages of 18 to 30 years of age to be part of the Sallah celebration, there are 38 males and two females,” he said.
Akoh said the 40 inmates would be documented and given platform for them to change as well as being empowered.
He advised the inmates to avoid any form of crime and embrace good morals and conduct as they enjoy their freedom.
Akoh, however, appealed to Federal Government to enact a law that would allow suspended imprisonment.
“The suspended imprisonment is where they will be rendering social services with hard labour every day and I believe when that is done the prison custody will be decongested.
“For instance, somebody who stole a goat will be jailed for six to seven months and those who stole billions or millions are working freely,” he said.
Akoh said the organisation had gone through the necessary procedure before paying the fines of the inmates.
Earlier, the Deputy Controller of the Suleja Prison Services, Mr Ibrahim Usman, said the kind gesture of the PCN would go long way to reduce the population of the inmates.
“The selected inmates were those who have show sign of remorse, the most important thing is that they now have their freedom,” he said.
Usman urged the freed inmate to make themselves relevant to the society, adding that they should avoid any criminal acts.
One of the prison mates, Miss Aisha Ismail, a 21-year-old student, promised to go back to her home in Jos and plans to follow up with PCN on their plans for empowerment.