The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has pardon no fewer than 18 convicted inmates of the Correctional centres across the state, as part of the activities celebrating Nigeria’s 61st independence celebration.
Akeredolu has also commuted 26 convicted inmates on death row to life imprisonment after they were reported to have shown signs of remorse while in the correction centres.
The governor, who made the announcement through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Friday, said that the gesture was also part of the prison decongestion within the state.
While charging the 18 former inmates to be of good conduct and live a crime-free life, he urged the public not to discriminate against them as they reintegrate back to society.
The statement reads: “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, Arakunrin 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 centres”.