The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has shown clemency to 18 inmates serving various jail terms in the Nigerian Correctional Services’ facilities in Ado Ekiti and others.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, said, “The governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has accepted the recommendations of the Ekiti State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy to show clemency to 18 prisoners serving various sentences.”
Fapohunda, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said the beneficiaries included two persons, Tunde Abe and Adeniyi Owolabi, whose death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment.
The attorney-general stated that 16 others were released from correctional facilities.
“Mr Governor has also granted state pardon to one applicant,” he said.
Fapohunda, who, on behalf of the advisory council, congratulated all the beneficiaries, especially those who had been released from the correctional facilities, said, “It is our expectation that they will make the best use of this second chance by being law-abiding and good citizens.”
He stated that the council considered 50 applications for clemency at its third sitting, adding, “The applications of these beneficiaries were granted because they have individually demonstrated the potential to turn their lives around.”