The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has ordered the release of 20 prisoners serving various terms, while three others on death roll have their sentence commuted to life imprisonment.
According to a statement by the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, “the action was in exercise of his powers of Prerogative of Mercy under Section 212 subsection (1) of the 1999 constitution and based on the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.”
Mr Olaniyonu said the 20 Prisoners whose freedom has been ordered by the governor were among those serving sentences of three years imprisonment and above with 12 months left and are adjudged to have good records and good conduct.
Accoding to the press statement the released prisoners included Opeoluwa Bankole, Kehinde Onifade, Saliu Raji, Gabriel Michael Paul, Lateef Opeoluwa, Abubakar Muhammed, Popoola Yekini, Waheed Ogunwale, Lukman Osikoya and Afolabi Odunaike.
Others are Sunday Nnao, Sylvester Oboki, Monday Nbom, Nurudeen Adeleke, Abubakar Abah, Sunday Isaac, Kehinde Rafiu, Sunkanmi Badejo, Abiodun Adetayo and Idris Adewuyi.
The three others whose death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment are Sunday Olatunji convicted for murder, Segun Ogunsanya and Michael Ebedinwe, both of whom were convicted for armed robbery.