Imam Malik Juma’at Mosque, Damba, Gusau Local Government Area, Zamfara state has set up a ten-man committee to tour prisons in the state with the aim to identify incarcerated persons whose debts can be settled by the Mosque.
Chairman of the Committee, Prof Muhammad Lawal Mayanchi said prisoners with settlement challenges of less than thirty thousand naira may be freed, he said the mosque hopes to raise funds for settlement of debts in that category, adding that the gesture aims to decongest prisons in the state.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Gusau, Prof Mayanchi said the gesture aims to free indebted inmates with genuine cases adding that the effort would help to free inmates whose offences are not of criminal, adding that there are laws that encourage such interventions.
According to Mayanchi, the committee would also extend kind gesture to indigent orphans who intend to study across various institutions in the state by paying their registration fees, adding that it would also pay-off hospital bills for orphans.
The Mayanchy Committee will also purchase sewing machines for widows who are raising orphans as a way of empowering them.