Independence Akeredolu pardons 16 prisoners. 16 prisoners serving varying prison sentences in the state’s correctional facilities have been pardoned by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
Over the weekend, Akeredolu gave the Federal Correctional Services Comptroller in the State instructions to release the prisoners from their detention cells.
The governor’s action was intended to commemorate the Fourth of July holiday this year.
The release of the inmates was in accordance with the power granted to the Governor by paragraphs (a) (c) and (d) of Subsection (1) of Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, according to Charles Titiloye, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who is also the Council’s Chairman (as amended).
According to Titiloye, the Governor showed compassion and mercy to the prisoners who were serving varying sentences of incarceration at the correctional facilities as a result of reports about their good behavior and conduct there.
He continued by saying that the State’s Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy had recommended their release.
The governor advised the prisoners who had been released to behave well and consider their freedom as another chance to live better lives free from crime.
He urged the people of the State to accept them into their diverse groups instead of treating them unfairly.
Additionally, the Governor commuted and reduced the sentences of seventeen (17) other prisoners who were serving varied durations of incarceration in state-run detention facilities.