President John Dramani Mahama has granted amnesty to 896 prisoners from across all the 43 prisons in the country.
The figure which is slightly lower compared to 2104 (1,104 prisoners) and 2015 (900 prisoners) is in commemoration of the 56th Republican Anniversary of the Republic of Ghana.
A statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah gave the breakdown as follows:
First Offenders- 813, seriously ill- 16, aged 70 years and above- 63, special Case (Double Amputee)- 1 and death row commuted to Life Imprisonment- 3.
This will come as a good news as the country’s prisons are congested and this is seen as one of the steps towards decongesting the prisons.
On 1st July 1960 Ghana became a Republic, a status which made the country sovereign, the first African country south of the Sahara to do so having already attained independence on March 6, 1957 from Britain.