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Ajimobi Pardons Murder Convicts, Others

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Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has granted pardon to some persons convicted of various crimes.

The release of the suspects which took place last Friday was recommended by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ojo Adebayo.

He said there was “the need to grant amnesty to some convicts in commemoration of the New Year anniversary so that they can start  a new life.”

The prerogative of mercy on convicts is conferred by Section 212(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.  It empowers a governor to ‘pardon, free, grant respite or substitute a severe punishment with lesser one’ as a form of amnesty for convicts. The power is to be exercised based on the advice of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.

Thirty-one convicts were considered. The offences for which they were convicted included armed robbery, murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, unlawful carnal knowledge, possession of banned drugs, causing grievous harm and stealing.

Ten were recommended for either commuttal of death sentence to life imprisonment or outright release from prison.  Those who were not recommended were denied because they were considered dangerous to be released to the society.

The terms others have served were not long enough to necessitate their release, and while it was thought that the release of some would embolden them and members of their gangs, others were refused pardon because they were not convicted in Oyo State.

Those pardoned were: Ganiyu Busari, accused of armed and sentenced to death. He had spent nine years on death row. “Being on death row for nine years is traumatic enough. Prison authorities commented that he is reformed,” Adebayo said.

He recommended commuttal of the death sentence to life imprisonment. The same applied to Morufu Bolanle, who had also spent nine years on death row.

Dele Akinyele, Samuel Akpobi and Julius Awe, who had spent 12 years on death row for armed robbery, were convicted by a Robbery Tribunal and had no right of appeal.

Their sentences were commutted to life imprisonment because they were said to be “remorseful now.”

Yusuf Nuhu, jailed five years for drug peddling, with five months to complete his jail term, was also allowed to go.

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Updated 7 Years ago

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