Akwa-Ibom - Akwa Ibom State government will soon release seven prisoners on merciful grounds.
The State Advisory Council on prerogative of mercy recommended the prisoners for pardon.
The Board Chairman of the council, Barrister Cosmos Udoette, disclosed the move to pardon the prisoners at a meeting with members of the state council of chiefs, which was presided over by the Chairman and Paramount Ruler of Ukanafun, Obong Victor Noah Umoh.
“The meeting was aimed at appealing to the royal fathers to sensitize their subjects on the need for change of attitude towards the prisoners if released,” he said.
He explained that the seven recommended prisoners learned various trades in prison which according to him would help them fit into the society.
The paramount ruler of Nsit Ubium, Edidem Solomon Etuk saluted the governor’s compassion on the prisoners.
He pleaded that the ex-prisoners be empowered to prevent them from going back to prison.
Umoh appreciated members of the advisory council for consulting them on the development and urged them not to be biased in their recommendations to ensure that the welfare of the released prisoners was secured.
The council was established in 1988 with the mandate of advising the governor on prisoners that should be granted pardon.
To qualify for such pardon, prisoners must have shown repentance.
Those that have been sentenced to life imprisonment or death, those that are up to 60 years and have served a minimum of 20 years also qualify.
– CAJ News