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NEWS UPDATE: Nigeria at 61: Akeredolu pardons 26 condemned inmates, 18 other convicts

NEWS UPDATE: Nigeria at 61: Akeredolu pardons 26 condemned inmates, 18 other convicts

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo Province has granted province pardon to 26 condemned inmates on decease row in the Province.

Akeredolu commuted the decease sentence of the condemned inmates who were convicted by various courts in the Province and awaiting execution to life imprisonment.

18 other convicts serving various jail terms across the various Correctional facilities in the Province were also beneficiaries of the Governor’s gesture, which was made to commemorate the 61 anniversary of Nigeria as an independent country.

Spell charging them to be of good conduct and live a crime-free life, Akeredolu urged the public not to discriminate against them as they reintegrate dorsum to the society.

According to a statement issued and signed by Richard Olatunde, the Governor’s Primary Press Secretarial assistant, the governor was exercising his powerfulness of Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in Subdivision 212(1) of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

The statement reads: “In exercise of the powers conferred on him by Paragraph (d) of sub-section (1) of Subdivision 212 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as Amended, Ondo Province Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has granted Province pardon to 18 convicted inmates.

“The Governor also commutted to life imprisonment 20 6 (26) other inmates who were condemned to decease by the various Courts in the province.”

The affected convicts were said to have earned the Governor’s Prerogative of Mercy after they were discovered to have shown regret and had been of good conduct at the correctional centres.





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