Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has granted reprieve to 21, convicts in exercise of his prerogative powers of mercy under the 1999 Constitution. His gesture was in commemoration of the 57th Independence anniversary. Also, the government will today organise a march past at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
The event is for pupils in public and private schools in the state. The government said military and para-military agencies, as well as voluntary organisations, such as boys scouts, Girls Guild amongst others, are expected to participate in the event, adding that Senator Ajimobi will declare the ceremony open by 9a.m and take the march past salute.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Seun Abimbola, explained that seven persons were granted release from prison, having spent varying terms of their sentences, 13 convicts had their life sentences reduced to a term of years, having spent considerable terms in prison, while one person had his death sentence commuted to a life sentence.
“This is part of the commemorative efforts in celebration of the Independence day celebration. The records of the benefitting convicts suggests they have undergone reform while some of them have while incarcerated passed their GCE exams, obtained a first degree from the National Open University (NOUN), with others at varying stages of a degree course at Noun in diverse courses.
It is our hope that this gesture by his Excellency will be reciprocated by the beneficiaries by ensuring they are of good conduct when they are released, and become useful to themselves and the society at large,” the Attorney General said.