- Thirteen inmates in Ondo state have been pardoned by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu
- The governor ordered that 16 of the inmates be discharged out of the custodian centre accordingly and forthwith
- Also, Governor Akeredolu commuted the life sentencing of three inmates to number of years
The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Monday, December 30, announced that 16 inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Akure, the state's capital city have been pardoned
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the action of the governor is in line with the powers conferred on him in paragraph (d) of sub-section (1) Section 212 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Also, the governor's spokesperson, Olusegun Ajiboye, in a statement said Akeredolu ordered that 16 of the inmates be discharged out of the custodian centre accordingly and forthwith.
He also said the affected inmates who have been duly convicted of various terms of imprisonment have served portions of the said sentences.
“Following a recommendation made to the governor by the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Governor Akeredolu consequently exercises the power in relation to the said inmates to mark the 2020 New Year celebrations."
“The 16 inmates were also confirmed to have been of good conduct before they were ordered to be released by the governor," Olusegun said.
Subsequently, Olusegun said that the governor commuted to life imprisonment three condemned inmates who have been awaiting execution to numbers of years
“In the same vein, the governor also exercises the power conferred on him by paragraphs (a)(c) and (d) of Sub-section (1) of Section 212 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) extends Grace and Mercy to three condemned inmates," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that five inmates of the NCC were electrocuted to death on Monday, December 2.
Reacting to the incident, the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola ordered immediate medical attention for those affected by the incident.
The minister also called for an immediate investigation into the death of five inmates of the Ikoyi prison after they were electrocuted.
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