To mark the 2016 New Year celebration, 14 prisoners serving different jail terms in Ondo state have been discharged out of prison following pardon granted them by the state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
According to a statement issued by the state’s commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, in Akure on Thursday, the Governor’s gesture is in line with the power conferred on him by section 212 (1) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.
The statement said the 14 prisoners who have all served portions of their term were granted amnesty on the ground of good conduct, adding that the gesture is in exercise of the Governor’s power to grant prerogative of mercy to convicts as conferred by the Constitution of the country.
It further mentioned that the Governor is empowered to pardon, free, grant respite or substitute severe punishment with lesser one as form of amnesty for convicts.
The amnesty takes immediate effect.