The Committee on Prison Reforms and Decongestion have freed Rahma Hussein, a young woman accused of killing her husband seven years ago, to protest her forced marriage.
Hussein allegedly committed the offence in 2014 when she stabbed her newly wed husband, Tijjani Basiru, to death, at Darmanawa quarters, in Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State.
She was 16 when she committed the offence and was charged for culpable homicide and pleaded not guilty.
In 2018, Justice R. A. Sadik of the Kano State High Court, ordered that Rahma should be remanded at the pleasure of the governor of the state,” because she was forcefully married and committed the offence at the age of 16.
The prison reform committee, led by Justice Ishaq Bello, also facilitated the release of 30 other inmates from the various custodial centres in the state.
The spokesman of the Kano Correctional Centre, Musbahu Kofar-Nasarawa, in a statement on Saturday, said Hussein’s release on Friday, was “based on the recommendation from the officials of the correctional centre, who attested to her sound character.”
The statement said, the committee has also advised Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who holds the power of prerogative of mercy on her judgment, to consider the circumstances that led her to commit the offence and grant her pardon.