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Governor Radda Release 222 Inmates In Katsina Ahead Of Sallah Celebration

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Eid-el-Fitr: Katsina Announces Friday As Public Holiday

Ahead of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations, Katsina State Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda, has secured the release of 222 inmates detained in correctional facilities across the state.

The inmates were detained due to their inability to pay fines imposed by courts for minor commercial and non-capital offenses.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Fadila Muhammad Dikko, conveyed the development in a statement. She said the decision follows recommendations to the state government to intervene in paying the outstanding fines for the selected inmates.

She explained that the beneficiaries were carefully selected after a thorough verification process.

According to Fadila, “The Governor’s benevolent act is expected to significantly reduce congestion in these facilities and enable the freed inmates to partake in the joyous occasion of Sallah with their loved ones.”

This comes as the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced Thursday, April 11, 2024, as an additional public holiday.

This was disclosed through a statement issued by Dr. Aishetu Ndayako, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, on Tuesday.

The announcement, which was shared via the ministry’s official communication channel, highlighted the importance of recognizing Eid-El-Fitr and providing an opportunity for citizens to commemorate the religious occasion.

The statement said, “The Federal Government has approved Thursday, April 11, 2024 as an additional public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Fitr.

“The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while congratulating the Muslim Ummah for a successful completion of a month of spiritual rejuvenation, reiterates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s firm commitment to providing a safe and prosperous Nigeria for all to thrive.”

Saudi Arabia, on Monday, said the crescent of Shawwal has not been sighted, indicating that the fasting will continue on Tuesday.

It also added that the Eid-El-Fitr would hold on Wednesday, April 10 to mark the beginning of the new Islamic month.

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