61st Independence blues: Akeredolu grants amnesty to 44 prisoners.

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Friday gleefully granted amnesty to 44 inmates of the Nigeria Correctional Custodial Centres in the state to mark the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.

The governor granted state pardon to 26 condemned inmates on death row in the State and commuted the death sentence of the condemned inmates who were convicted by various courts in the State and awaiting execution to life imprisonment.

18 other convicts serving various jail terms across the various Correctional facilities in the State were also beneficiaries of the Governor’s gesture.

While 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 back to the society.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde the governor was exercising his power of Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in Section 212(1) of the 1999 Constitution 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 Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as Amended, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has granted State pardon to 18 convicted inmates.

“The Governor also commuted to life imprisonment, twenty-six (26) other inmates who were condemned to death by the various Courts in the state.”

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

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