Nigeria at 58: How Gov. Bello pardoned 287 prisoners

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has granted unconditional pardon to four prison inmates on death row and two others convicted and held in prison as part of Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary.

He also commuted the death sentence of 20 inmates to various terms of imprisonment, discharged 40 others and ordered payment of fines for 221 convicts held in various prisons across the state.

This was disclosed in a statement by Malam Jibrin Ndace, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in Minna on Monday.

He quoted Bello as saying that “the gesture was in the spirit of the season”.

He directed the Attorney General of the state and the state Council on Prerogative of Mercy to effect immediate implementation of the pardon.

The statement read: “We are committed to making our state better than yesterday so that tomorrow will be more comfortable for ourselves and the next generation.

“I called on our people to resist any overt or covert attempts by individuals and or groups to cause disharmony in the state as we enter into the next phase of state and national political activities.”

Bello also called on politicians and political parties to avoid acts capable of infringing on the rights of people.

He said that although democracy allows protests, rallies and demonstrations, such activities should be carried out in a responsible and peaceful manner.

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