- Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong has used the occasion of the 2018 Democracy Day to reduce the jail sentence of one prisoner from life imprisonment to 21 years, and another from 10 years to two years
- The governor also appealed to youths to reawaken their consciousness and refuse to be used as agents of destruction and mayhem
- Lalong further urged politicians to avoid unnecessary bickering, false propaganda and conscientious ignorance over issues they were not sure of
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has reduced the jail terms of two prisoners; one from life imprisonment to 21 years and the other from 10 years to two years, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Lalong, who made the announcement in his state broadcast on Tuesday, May 29 to mark this year’s Democracy Day and 3rd anniversary of his administration, however did not give the names of the prisoners.
He said: “In exercise of the powers conferred on me as governor in Section 212 of the Constitution of Federal Republic 1999 (As Amended), I have granted a prerogative of mercy to two prisoners.
“One criminal conviction of 10 years is now commuted to two years and one life imprisonment is now commuted to 21 years, effective from different dates of sentences.
“This is a mark of our appreciation and thanksgiving to God for guidance, protection and successes recorded.”
The governor appealed to youths to reawaken their consciousness and refuse to be used as agents of destruction and mayhem.
He added that the future belongs to the youth, and they should not take part in destroying the legacies that destiny shall one day call upon them to protect.
Lalong said that his administration was striving to employ, engage and empower youths in the state.
The governor called on politicians to avoid unnecessary bickering, false propaganda and conscientious ignorance over issues they were not sure of.
He said “In the coming months, politics and campaigns should be based on issues, not lies.
“We should strive to inform, not to inflame sensibility. This way, we will be able to eschew violence and embrace peace in all our dealings.
“Government will continue to ensure that within its constitutional powers, it creates the necessary conditions to balance peace with pragmatic development.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Nigerians currently serving various jail terms in Togo have cried out to the federal government over what they are passing through in the neighboring country.
A letter written to the the federal government by Ben Okolie on behalf of the Nigerian prisoners in Lome Togo, revealed the sad treatment they are experiencing in prison.
Okolie noted that most Nigerians in Togolese prisons are business people, adding that they are being thrown into prison for years, without judgment, for every little offence.
Ex-prisoner turns advocate for release of former inmates - on NAIJ.com TV: