As part of celebration of Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary, Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has pardoned seventeen prisoners serving various jail terms in prisons custody of the state.
The gesture, Akeredolu said was in line with paragraph (d) of the sub-section (1) of Section 212, of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
This was made known in a press statement issued by the governor’s press secretary, Segun Ajiboye to journalists in Akure yesterday.
The statement said, “Akeredolu pardons the lucky beneficiaries of the prerogative of mercy in exercise of his right as the Akeredolu acted in accordance with the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.
“I, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State of Nigeria, in exercise of the power conferred on me by paragraph (d) of the sub-section (1) of Section 212, of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”.
Akeredolu also called on Nigerians to rise up and take their rightful place in the country as the leading light of the black race as Nigeria celebrates her 58th independence.
He, however, called on the citizens, especially those who had already been blessed with wealth to share with the paupers and downtrodden in the society.