By Sam Oditah
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has pardoned 9 prisoners serving numerous jail phrases on the Enugu, Aba, Umuahia and Kirikiri prisons.
Chief Umeh Kalu, Chairman, State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, introduced this in a press release made accessible to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Monday.
Kalu, who’s the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, stated that the gesture was within the spirit of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
He stated that the inmates had been convicted for numerous offences together with homicide, stealing, Advanced Free Fraud and assault.
According to him, the governor additionally ordered the discharge of a feminine homicide convict, whereas two inmates had their loss of life sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
Kalu said that the governor’s motion was predicated on the recommendation of the advisory council.
“The governor wishes that the released prisoners will take advantage of the new lease of life granted to them and forever refrain from criminility and remain law-abiding,” he additional stated.