in a bid to decongest the Correctional Centers in the state and ability to observe the social distance requirement against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has granted an unconditional pardon to forty-six prison inmates.
Speaking on the newly pardoned inmates, the Attorney General of the State, Barrister Nasara Dan-Mallam said the release of the inmates was as a result of Presidential recommendation which stated that State Governors should consider grant of pardon to deserving inmates with a view to decongesting the prisons.
Dan-Mallam, who is also the Chairman of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, explained that the pardoned inmates were considered for release based on the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.
He said that the consideration includes, old age, ill-health, convicts serving three years and above with less than six months to serve, and those whose fine can be paid off by the state government.
The Attorney General further appealed to the released inmates to make use of their freedom by engaging in useful ventures and shun any act that could lead them to crime.
“Government wants you to be good citizens for the socio-economic and political development of Niger State in particular and Nigeria as a whole”.