Ondo State government has commuted the death sentence of seven people convicted of various offences to life imprisonment, as parts of activities marking the 59th Independent anniversary of the country.
Also, 18 persons serving various jail term for various offences have been released by the State government on the advice of the State Advisory Council of Prerogative of Mercy.
Exercising his powers as the Acting Governor of the state, the Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi in a letter to the Comptroller of Nigerian Correctional Services said the seven inmates who have been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging and are awaiting execution should no longer be executed.
This was disclosed through a statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the State Government, Mr Babatope Okeowo.
The letter to the Comptroller of Prison reads thus: “I Hon Alfred Agboola Ajayi, the Acting Governor of Ondo State of Nigeria in exercise of the power conferred on me by paragraph (a) (c) and (d) of sub section (1) of Section 212 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
“I am pleased to extend my grace and mercy unto the said condemned inmates and substitute a less severe punishment on the aforesaid inmates as clearly stated in the schedule”.
The 18 inmates who were set free by the prerogative of mercy, have served different portion in prison for various offences and have shown remorse during their stay in the correctional facilities.