At least 25 prisoners have been released and nine others sentencing reduced, by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence.
This was disclosed by the governor while delivering his message to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, today October 1, in Kaduna.
He said: “As we mark the diamond jubilee of our country’s freedom, it is customary that we extend a gesture of mercy to some persons that are serving their sentence in prisons within Kaduna State.
“I have exercised powers vested by Section 212 of the Constitution and accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to commute the sentences of 34 convicts.
He announced that based on the decisions that were reached, 25 convicts have been released and others sentences have been reduced.
He added that those who had death sentencing were changed to life imprisonment.
El-Rufai noted that his government was committed to ensuring peace and harmony in various communities.