Governor Abiola Ajimobi has granted amnesty to 13 prisoners.
As part of activities marking the 2013 Eid-el-Maulud celebration, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has granted amnesty to 13 prisoners.
All 13 prisoners were at the Agodi prisons in Ibadan, the state capital, the Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ojo Adebayo, told journalists.
In addition, eight of the prisoners, who were on death row, had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, while five others, who had been serving jail terms, were freed.
Mr. Adebayo gave the names of those who regained freedom as Ibrahim Wakili, Ismaila Mufutau, Sina Aborisade, Asimiyu Alabi and Oluseyi Akande.
“Those who had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment included Musiliu Suleiman, Sgt. Paul Faforiji, Mathew Johnson, Funso Olanipekun, Asimiyu Babatunde, Olabode Emmanuel, Olusina Ajayi and Obasi Onyeye,” Mr. Adebayo said in the statement.
The state chief legal officer explained that the governor was exercising the power conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subject to the advice of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy in granting the amnesty.
“Under section 212(1) of the constitution, the governor is empowered to pardon, free, grant respite or substitute a severe punishment with lesser one as a form of amnesty for the convicts,” he said.