Oyo Govt. Pardons 21 Convicts in Celebration of Nigeria at 57

The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has granted pardon to 21 convicts in exercise of his prerogative powers of mercy pursuant to the provisions of section 212 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in commemoration of the 57th Independence Day Celebration.
A statement issued in Ibadan on Saturday by the Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, said the development was in exercise of the Governor’s power of prerogative of mercy.
The statement said: “The records of the benefitting convicts suggest that they have undergone reforms while some of them have, while in incarceration, passed their General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations and obtained first degree certificates from the National Open University,” the statement said.
“Some of them are also at varying stages of completion of their degree courses in different courses at NOUN,” it added.
Also, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Seun Abimbola, explained that seven persons were granted release from prison, having spent varying terms of their sentences, 13 convicts had their life sentences reduced to a term of years, having spent considerable terms in prison, while one person had his death sentence commuted to a life sentence.
“This is part of the commemorative efforts in celebration of the Independence day celebration. The records of the benefitting convicts suggests they have undergone reform while some of them have while incarcerated passed their GCE exams, obtained a first degree from the National Open University (NOUN) , with others at varying stages of a degree course at Noun in diverse courses. It is our hope that this gesture by his Excellency will be reciprocated by the beneficiaries by ensuring they are of good conduct when they are released, and become useful to themselves and the society at large,” the Attorney General said.
The Commissioner disclosed that the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi will on Sunday, Oct. 1, visit homes within Ibadan metropolis to donate food items and some daily needs for the less privileged, stressing that there will also be an interdenominational service at the Government House Arcade to pray for the sustainability of peace, unity and progress in Nigeria by 2:00pm.

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