Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura on Saturday granted amnesty to a 17-year-old nursing mother and eight other prison inmates on grounds of age.
Al-Makura granted the pardon when he visited Lafia Prison as part of the activities to celebrate the country’s 56th Independence Day and 20 years of the creation of the state.
The governor, who was represented by the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Yusuf Usman said that the pardon was in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
He said that the gesture was part of the activities lined up for the country’s 56th independence celebration and the 20th anniversary of the creation of Nasarawa.
Al-Makura added that the exercise was carried out based on the recommendations of the committee on prerogative of mercy.
The governor said the gesture was to decongest the prisons and give the inmates a sense of belonging and the opportunity to contribute their quota positively to national development.
“Today, on behalf of the Nasarawa State Government, I am freeing nine inmates from the five federal prisons in the state.
“This is part of the state government’s support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in decongesting the prisons as well as to make the inmates responsible members of the society,” Al-Makura said.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to partner with the ministry of interior in improving the conditions of the prisons.
The governor said that he was particularly touched by the case of the nursing mother who gave birth to the baby 10 months ago.
He said that since the offence was committed by the mother, the innocent baby who did not know anything should not be in the prison.
“The 17-year-old nursing mother, Justina Musa, who was convicted for joining a secret society, was reprieved of her one year sentence under the prerogative of mercy, while eight other inmates are at ages ranging from 12 to 20 years,” he said.
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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