Governor commutes death sentences to life imprisonment

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday converted the death sentences of two convicted persons, Rebecca Emmanuel and Zakaria Saman, to life imprisonment.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication, Isa Gusau, disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri.

Mr. Gusau explained that the gesture was in line with the power of prerogative of mercy conferred on the governor by the constitution. He said that the action of the governor was based on the recommendation of the state’s Committee on Prerogative of Mercy.

“Bornu State governor, Kashim Shettima has commuted the death sentences on two persons awaiting execution in Maiduguri,” Mr. Gusau said.

“Mrs. Rebecca Emmanuel and Mr. Zakaria Saman were sentenced to death by a Maiduguri High Court for culpable homicide punishable with death under section 221 of the Penal Code,” he said.

“The convicts who had been on awaiting execution list are now to face life imprisonment,” he said.

Mr. Gusau said that 44 other inmates serving various jail terms in Maiduguri prisons were also freed.

He added that the wife of the governor, Nana Shettima, offered to pay options of fines imposed on them to enable them regain their freedom.

“The 46 inmates had shown remorse by their conducts and Mrs Shettima was convinced that they will be good citizens,” he said.

He expressed the readiness of the state government to rehabilitate and re-integrate them into the society

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