Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu has granted state pardons to 18 prisoners in different correctional centers across the state to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day. This was announced in a statement signed by the governor’s press secretary, Richard Olatunde today.
In addition to that, the governor also commuted the death sentences of 26 inmates to life imprisonment to also commemorate the independence celebration. “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, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has granted State pardon to 18 convicted inmates.
“The governor also commuted to life imprisonment 26 other inmates who were condemned to death by the various courts in the state. “The convicts were released having shown remorse and are of good conduct at the correctional centers,” the statement read. While charging them to be of good conduct and live a crime-free life, the governor urged the public not to discriminate against them as they reintegrate into the society.