Niger State governor, Umaru Bago has pardoned 80 inmates in various custodial centres in the state to commemorate the June 12 Democracy day. The governor also approved the immediate payment of their fines to enable the inmates to rejoin their families.
A statement by Alhaji Abubakar Usman, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), in Minna on Monday, said that the gesture was to mark the 2023 Democracy Day.
He explained that the release of the inmates was in line with the power of prerogative of mercy granted to the governor by the Constitution.
Usman said that the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy recommended the release of the 80 inmates based on old age, ill health and good behaviour. Usman appealed to the inmates to make use of the opportunity to engage in useful ventures and shun any act that could lead them back to prison.
He also admonished them to be law-abiding and engage in legitimate endeavours by taking advantage of various empowerment windows.