The Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha yesterday inaugurated the presidential committee on prerogative of mercy.
Recall that on June 19 this year, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the composition of the committee which is headed by the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee, the SGF represented by the AGF called on the members to brace up to their responsibilities .
He also expressed the hope that the committee will go a long way in bringing about a drastic reduction in the population of prisoners in the nation’s prison system that has become a blot on the nation’s criminal justice system.
Stating that the responsibility of the committee is enormous and sensitive ,the SGF added that the purpose for its constitution and its guiding principles must be completely adhered to and not to elude the process .
Speaking earlier, Permanent Secretary General services in the office of the SGF, William Alo said the mandate of the committee is to recommend to the president persons to be granted pardon .
Citing the constitution, he said, “Chapter 6. Part 1. Section 175. Prerogative of mercy.(1) The President may –(a) grant any person concerned with or convicted of any offence created by an Act of the National Assembly a pardon, either free or subject to lawful conditions;”grant to any person a respite, either for an indefinite or for a specified period, of the execution of any punishment imposed on that person for such an offence;(c) substitute a less severe form of punishment for any punishment imposed on that person for such an offence.”
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