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Ogun gov commutes 45 death sentences, pardons 41 inmates

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has commuted the death sentence of 45 prisoners to prison terms and granted pardon to 41 other inmates serving in…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has commuted the death sentence of 45 prisoners to prison terms and granted pardon to 41 other inmates serving in the correctional centres in the state.

Abiodun announced this during the 2024 Democracy Day celebration held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

He said, “Government has a duty to uphold democratic values by consistently applying principles of mercy, justice and the rule of law. In this vein, the Nigerian constitution empowers me to exercise a prerogative of mercy on anyone convicted of an offence in Ogun State.

“Having received the guidance of the Ogun State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, I have signed the appropriate warrants ordering the release of 41 convicts currently imprisoned across different correctional facilities in Ogun State. I have also signed warrants converting the death sentence of 45 inmates to prison sentences.

“This gesture signals a break from past grievances and a move towards a more inclusive and compassionate society where merciful second chances are granted to deserving offenders.’’

 

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