- Governor Bindow on Monday, January 1, released 37 prisoners serving various jail terms
- The governor also commuted the death sentences of two other prisoners to life imprisonment
- He, however, wished the people of Adamawa state a prosperous New Year of 2018
Governor Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa has pardoned 37 prisoners serving various jail terms in the state, to mark the New Year celebration of 2018, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A statement issued on Monday, January 1, in Yola by the commissioner of information and strategy Ahmad Sajoh said the governor also commuted the death sentences of two other prisoners to life imprisonment.
The statement read: ''As part of the New Year celebration for 2018, His Excellency has invoked the powers conferred on him under the prerogative of mercy, acting on the advice of the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, headed by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, decided to pardon the convicts.''
The governor, who is wishing the people of Adamawa a prosperous New Year, urged them to reflect on the preceding year and try to see areas that needed sustenance and improvement.
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He also called on all eligible persons in the state to ensure that they obtained their voters cards, in order to fully participate in the democratic process that would commence during the year and to remain vigilant, to ensure peace and prosperity in throughout state.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode released twelve prisoners of the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison in Apapa area of the state.
The inmates received their freedom in furtherance of the law establishing the state Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.
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