- Fifteen prisoners were granted amnesty by the Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi
- 11 convicts were granted either outright release or reduction in prison sentence, while four had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment
- The governor granted the amnesty as part of the exercise of his constitutional powers under section 212 of the 1999 constitution
Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday, October 9, granted amnesty to 15 prisoners from different prisons in the state.
Oluseun Abimbola, the state attorney general and commissioner for justice, disclosed this in Ibadan. He stated that 11 convicts were granted either outright release, or reduction in prison sentence, while four others had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
Abimbola said the governor granted the amnesty as part of the exercise of his constitutional powers under section 212 of the 1999 constitution.
The commissioner for justice also noted that the move was executed based on the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy headed by the Attorney General, as part of the events commemorating the celebration of Nigeria’s 58th year independence anniversary.
Abimbola said that the state expected the beneficiaries to be of good behaviour as they reintegrate into the larger society.
He said: “We expect them to transform to become upstanding members of society, as they would have learnt useful lessons from their time of incarceration to know that crime does not pay. The exercise of the prerogative of mercy by the governor is a constitutional exercise carefully and responsibly reviewed to ensure the exercise retains its credibility.”
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, Governor Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa state has granted amnesty to 22 inmates to commemorate the nation’s 58th Independence Anniversary.
Governor Bindow granted the amnesty in a statement signed by Ahmad Sajo, the state commissioner for information in Yola on Monday, October 1.
The statement read: “As part of the celebrations of the nation’s 58 years independence anniversary, Gov. Muhammadu Bindow has granted amnesty to 22 convicted prisoners."
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