By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has pardoned 12 prisoners who are serving their jail terms in some prisons in the state.
This is in exercise of the power conferred on him by Paragraph (d) of sub section (1) of Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
All the prisoners have served portions of their various sentences.
In a statement issued and signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi said the pardon was approved by the governor following the recommendation made to the governor by the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.
The letter which was dated on 27th December, 2017, and addressed to the Comptroller of Prisons, Governor Akeredolu advised that the affected prisoners be released.
Akeredolu however advised the affected prisoners to make use of the opportunity of their release to turn a new leaf and engage legal and positive activities that would contribute to the development of the state and Nigeria as a whole.