Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has granted clemency to 10 prisoners in the state and approved their immediate release.
A statement issued by El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the governor also granted pardon to Captain Idris S. Mohammed, a retired soldier and ex-convict, who completed his prison term in 1985.
According to the statement, the governor’s action was based on the recommendations of the Kaduna State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.
Announcing the release on the occasion of 2018 New Year Celebration, the statement quoted El-Rufai, as saying that is customary to extend a gesture of compassion to deserving prisoners during New Year Day celebrations.
The governor, explained that he was exercising the powers conferred upon him by Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) to order the immediate release of the inmates and the grant of pardon to Capt. Idris S. Mohammed (Rtd).
The statement reads: “The 10 prisoners were serving jail terms ranging from three to six years with less than six months left to complete their terms. Those granted pardon for their good behaviour are: Habibu Iliyasu,Ibrahim Mohammed, Ibrahim Auwalu, Abubakar Abdullahi, Shehu Usman, Ibrahim Stephen, Saidu Idris,Ashimu Danmutuwa,Kabiru Mohammed and Aliyu Yusuf
“Mallam Nasir El-Rufai also approved the recommendation to grant pardon to Captain Idris Mohammed to remove the stigma of ex-convict from him” The statement explained.
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