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Independence: Gov. Bello pardons 31 inmates, commutes 13 others by Just NEWS

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has granted pardon to 31 inmates and commuted sentences of 13 others in custodial centres in the State and across the country.

Bello disclosed this in his Independence Day celebration address to the people of Kogi State, on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The governor noted that the Kogi State Advisory Council in consonance with the provisions of the 1999 constitution (as amended), on the prerogative of Mercy Law, 1995, visited several custodial centres at the different part of the Federation to pursue this purpose.

According to him, after careful scrutiny of various applications, supporting documents and testimonies by officials, the council compiled the list of those who were recommended and deserved to be pardoned.

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Thirteen other inmates also had their sentences converted, ranging from death to life imprisonment, 15 to 10 years, among others.

Thirteen other inmates also had their sentences converted, ranging from death to life imprisonment, 15 to 10 years, among others.

Among those who regained their freedom in custodial centres in Kogi State included: Shaibu Zakari, James Sheidu, Muhammed Yahaya formerly remanded in Okene Custodial Centre, and Sunday Adeyemi at Idah custodial Centre.

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Others were Ugbede John, Ojonugwa Mathew, Abdulmumuni Yakubu, and Muhammed Haruna at Ankpa Custodial Centre, while Daniel Ochonu and Abdulrahman at Koton Karfe Custodial Centre, among several others from the various custodial centre in the state and across the country.

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The governor enjoined communities of the beneficiaries of the amnesty while advising the beneficiaries to reciprocate this gesture by eschewing evil and living at peace in their respective communities.

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