Oyo State Governor, Senator Isiak Ajimobi, on Tuesday, granted fifteen prisoners from different prisons in the state amnesty.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Oluseun Abimbola, disclosed this in Ibadan, stating that 11 convicts were granted either outright release, or reduction in their prison sentence. He added that four others had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice said the governor granted the amnesty as part of the exercise of his constitutional powers under section 212 of the 1999 constitution.
He noted that the move was executed based on the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy headed by the Attorney General, as part of the events commemorating the celebration of Nigeria’s 58th year independence anniversary.
Abimbola said that the state expected the beneficiaries to be of good behaviour as they are reintegrated into the larger society.
He said, “We expect them to transform to become upstanding members of society, as they would have learned useful lessons from their time of incarceration to know that crime does not pay.
“The exercise of the prerogative of mercy by the governor is a constitutional exercise carefully and responsibly reviewed to ensure the exercise retains its credibility.”