A total of 62 inmates were released in Ondo and Lagos states to mark Nigeria’s 62 Independent anniversary.
In Lagos, the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu approved the release of 46 inmates from various correctional facilities in the state.
Sanwo-Olu’s action followed the recommendation of the state Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy. The governor also commuted the death sentences of six inmates to life imprisonment,
Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the state commissioner for information told newsmen that the release and committal orders were in cognizance of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day Celebration and under the provisions of Section 212 (1) (2) of the 1999 Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria (amended).
Also in Ondo, the state government said it had directed the release of 16 inmates from various Correctional centers in the state, according to a statement signed by the Attorney General and Chairperson of the state Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Charles Titiloye,
Mr. Titiloye said the gesture was per the power conferred on the governor by paragraphs (a) (c) and (d) of Subsection (1) of Section 212, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended).
He said the inmates who were serving various terms of imprisonment at the Correctional centers received “the grace and mercy” of the governor based on their excellent conduct.
17 other inmates serving various terms of imprisonment in the state had their sentences commuted and reduced