Covid-19 :Gov. Umahi Grants Unconditional Pardon to 33 Inmates in Ebonyi

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Covid-19 :Gov.Umahi Grants Unconditional Pardon to 33 Inmates in Ebonyi

By Victor Nwegede,Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi on Friday, granted unconditional pardon to 33 convicted inmates serving various jail terms in Abakaliki and Afikpo Correction Centers.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Ebonyi State, Barr. Cletus Ofoke, disclosed this during a press briefing in his office at centenary city, Abakaliki.

The commissioner who said, the gesture was in line with the Federal government policy on the decongestion of Nigerian Correctional Service, occasioned by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

He noted that, the Governor on granting the state pardon, had urged the communities, wards, villages, where the convicts hailed from, to accept them back as their sons and daughters, saying that their sins have been forgiven.

“Governor believed that the idea of social distancing being preached in all nooks and crannies of the state, will not be absolutely maintained in the Correctional facilities in the state, because of the way inmates are packed”, he stated.

The Commissioner, Barr. Ofoke thanked the Governor whom he described as the true child of God, for approving the recommendations of the state Advisory Council on the prerogative of mercy, headed by himself, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, for granting the pardon.

Recall that convicts on death rolls like murder, kidnapping and other capital offences were not considered for the clemency while some whose offences ranged from stealing, burglary, house breaking and assault occasioning harms were pardoned by the state government.

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