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Prison Decongestion: FG to Grant Presidential Pardon to Remorseful Prisoners

 

On Monday, the Federal Government has said it would grant presidential pardons to drug dealers, persons convicted of obtaining money under false pretences and certain categories of prisoners who have shown remorse while in imprisonment, to decongest prisons round the country.

This disclosure was made in a statement by the Vice-chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, William Alo, while speaking during his visit to prisons in the North-East and North-Central Zones, where he said President Buhari was authorised by his constitutional responsibilities and backed by Section 175 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to accept, reject and grant pardons to inmates of Nigerian prisons.

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Congestion in Nigerian Prisons

 

In his statement he said, “Presidential pardons will be granted to inmates who committed federal offences such as drug peddling, vandalisation of public property, obtaining by tricks, otherwise known as 419, and other related offences, if proved that they are remorseful of their actions and meet the committee criteria.”

The Chief Judge of Plateau State, Pius Damulak, also speaking while hosting Alo and his team, called on the committee to review the cases of prison inmates with sympathy as many of them are serving terms as a result of poverty and their inability to pay fines imposed on them as options.

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