President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he put many individuals behind bars for corruption while he was military head of state.
This he says is part of the Federal Government's efforts to decongest prisons..
President Muhammadu Buhari is now in Kano State on a two-day working visit.
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Earlier at the Emir's palace while on a visit to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Buhari said, "I know Kano people are aware of the tremendous job we did on security and agriculture".
Some of the beneficiaries of the amnesty were males and females.
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The president amongst other things commissioned a specialist hospital named after him by the Kano State Government and also released 500 inmates from Kurmawa Prison granted pardon by the Kano State Government.
The President is expected to commission some multi-billion naira projects including two general hospitals, underpass and a 21.1 kilometer dual road.
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On the second day, the President will inspect a rice mill, Fullmark Rice Mill Company at Kwanar Gunduwawa, and Gezawa Oil Mill, the largest oil mill in Africa at Tokarawa Industrial Estate both on Hadeja Road.