Sanwo-Olu frees 56 Lagos inmates

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has accepted the discharge of 56 inmates from numerous correctional amenities throughout the state.

In addition, the governor commuted the sentence of 1 inmate on dying row to life imprisonment and granted pardon to a different inmate.

The approvals, primarily based on the suggestions of the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, had been signed by Sanwo-Olu on June 25, 2024.

This train aligns with the provisions of Section 212 (1) (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (amended).

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Lawal Pedro, (SAN), in an announcement made obtainable on Tuesday, said that “the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy exercised due diligence in its deliberation of the functions consistent with the relevant tips.

“The Council took into account the information provided by the correctional authorities, the nature of the offence, period of incarceration, age, health and behavioural conduct of the inmates.”

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The launch of the inmates is a part of Sanwo-Olu’s ongoing efforts to decongest correctional amenities within the state, as a part of broader reforms within the justice sector.

“This approval for the release of the inmates underscores Mr. Governor’s commitment to the decongestion of correctional facilities in Lagos State as part of the Justice Sector Reforms,” he stated.

Pedro added that the governor’s choice displays a balanced method, contemplating the person circumstances of every case whereas aiming to reinforce the effectivity of the state’s correctional system.

“The council’s recommendations were based on a thorough review process that ensures justice and compassion, reflecting the state’s dedication to human rights and the rule of law,” Pedro stated.

Sanwo-Olu’s actions are anticipated to contribute considerably to the advance of the correctional system, making certain it aligns with trendy requirements and human rights rules.



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