Mimiko grants amnesty to 11 prisoners

ELEVEN prisoners serving jail terms in Ondo State have been granted pardon by Governor Olusegun Mimiko in commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day celebration.


A statement by Commissioner for Information Kayode Akinmade in Akure yesterday said the governor’s gesture was in line with the power conferred on him by section 212 (1)  of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

It added that reprieve came for the prisoners following “requests and application for full and conditional pardon made to Mimiko by human right and civil society organisations”.

After a thorough deliberation, the statement said, the state Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy recommended some convicts for release and commutal of sentences to the governor to mark the Democracy Day.

It added that eight prisoners were granted outright pardon and three others got their death sentences commuted to life and 18 years imprisonment.

The convicts, who have served portions of their jail terms, were granted amnesty on the ground of good conduct and being outstanding models.



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