LOKOJA – Kogi State Government on Wednesday pardoned 75 inmates as a measure of discongesting the correction centres dure to the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
Governor of the state, Yahaya Bello made this known through a statement personally signed by him.
The statement said following the directive of the Federal government, the State governor invoked his constitutional power through the prerogative of Mercy by pardoning some inmates who falled into the four categories considered for Pardons
“Consequent on determinations as to the suitability of beneficiaries for the current exercise, recommendations are in four categories as follows: Those who were sentenced to death, have spent considerable number of years in custody and have long records of good conduct during incarceration which suggests reformation of character and a determination to live within the confines of law and order and who were therefore deemed qualified for pardon and release.
“Those whose death sentences are to be commuted to life imprisonment, those who either have 1 (one) year or less to the end of their sentences but who are deemed qualified for pardon by testimonials of good conduct from custodial officers, among other considerations, those who have served part of their sentence and whose conduct and character qualify them to have their sentences reduced.”
Those pardoned and released were; Alex Ajayi, Joseph Wale, Ola Adebayo, Garba Inusa, Ireti Adedayo, Femi Omoniyi, Isaac Mathew, Haruna Ibrahim, Bashir Ibrahim, Sani Mohammed, Sayo Joseph, Ope Kolade, Ejima Abdullahi, Lawal Mohammed, Dare Adebayo, Segun Sunday, Yinka Samuel, John Sunday Damilola, Tuesday Oloruntoba, Oluwatosin Akande, Ahmed Okanlawon, Mubarack Husseni, Oludoyi Olutimi, Sesan Jimoh, Audu Mohammed, Joseph Stephen, Babalola Taiwo, Sani Musari, Sawa Dayo, Mohammed Yusuf, Isah Lukman, Abubakar Ahmed, Yusuf Ahmed Tijani, Ojo Momohjimoh, Usman Ilu Rago, Iliya Sheidu, Micheal Iko-Ojo, Kashimu Abdullahi, Stephen Ukwede, Yakubu Momoh, Besiru Ogwu, Emmanuel Joseph Jashi, Yusuf Yakubu, Elija Shaibu.
Those whose sentences were reduced are; Paul Shaorga, Edino James, Friday Ameh, ThankGod Sunday, Haruna Alfa, Benji Solomon, Sumaila Isah and Jibrin Ibrahim Babangida.
While the following inmates have their sentences reduced for not absconding or escaping from Koton Karfe Custodial Center, Kogi State after its perimeters were breached during a flooding disaster on Monday the 28th day of October, 2019; Sunday Okafor, Daniel Friday, Zekeri Hassan, Bala Muhammed, Rabiu Ibrahim Alolo, Abdulkudus Nasiru, Adeika Joseph, Maji Abdulsadiq, Okwudili Ajogu, Aminu Umar, Lucky Jonathan, and Lucky Ejiga.
“Those serving their sentences in various Custodial Centers across the country pardoned are; Oko Correctional Centre, Benin Abdulkareem Musa; Kaduna Correctional Centre, Ade Ayedun, Idris Amodu, Garba Ibrahim, Jos Correctional Centre, Suleiman Isah, Warri Correctional Centre, Jimoh Shaibu, a.k.a Aruba, and Lagos Maximum Security Correctional Centre, Adamu Saliu
“The following condemned convicts who are serving their sentences in various Correctional Centers across the country also have their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment are; Kaduna Correctional Centre,
Joseph Aruwa, Nyor Akpera, Monday Ibrahim; Jos Correctional Centre, Monday Abuh
Enugu Correctional Service, Shagari Yakubu.”
The governor urged the society not to discriminate against those pardoned, but help to facilitate their reassimilation into the society.