Saturday, October 1, 2011

Nigeria: 32 Pardons, 10 Commutations of Sentence

Kashim Shettima has granted prerogative of mercy to 42 prisoners as Nigeria celebrates its 51st Independence Anniversary. A press release notes that there is a need to "demonstrate the spirit of patriotism, loyalty, dedication and greatness as a nation." Among those released are some pardoned on grounds of old age, ill health, long term serving prisoners who have stayed in the prison for 10 years and above and have records of good conduct and those who were sentenced to three years and above with less than six months to their release.

In addition, the sentences of other 10 prisoners who have been condemned be commuted to life imprisonment (on compassionate ground). While wishing the released success in their future endeavors, the ruler also urged them to be good ambassadors so that collectively, ‘we shall build a reliable, vibrant and stronger economy and gradually get rid of criminality in Borno State and the country at large.’ See story here.

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