Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Thursday granted pardon to five inmates in the state.
The Governor said his action was in the spirit of the nation’s diamond jubilee celebrations and in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 212 of the 1999 constitution of the country.
He also said his action was further necessitated by the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on prerogative of mercy.
Lalong stated this at the opening of a one-day roundtable discussion with community stakeholders to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th (Diamond) Independence Anniversary, held at the Government House Rayfield, Jos, the State Capital.
He said, “In the spirit of Nigeria’s Diamond Celebrations and in the exercise of the powers conferred on me under section 212 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic as amended, and on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, I hereby grant pardon to the following convicted persons for good behaviour.
“Obinna John, initially sentenced to death by hanging. Having served 8 years, his death sentence has been commuted to 21 years imprisonment.
He added that, “Lengka Kurgi, earlier sentenced to 36 months imprisonment, having served 2 years and 9 months, has been granted absolute pardon.
“Buhari Abubakar, initially sentenced to 4 years, having served 2 years and 10 months, has been granted absolute pardon.
“David Luka initially sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, having served 2 years and 11 months, is hereby granted absolute pardon.
“Ya’u Bala initially sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, having served 2 years 8 months, has also been granted absolute pardon”, he explained.
“It is hoped that the affected persons will take advantage of this opportunity to chart a new course for themselves and work for the progress of the nation,” Lalong stressed.