Abuja - Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has pardoned three prisoners that had been sentenced to death and commuted the capital punishment of nine others to various terms of imprisonment.
According to the governor, the pardon of the prisoners was based on recommendations from the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.
The governor's decision was part of the Independence Day celebration.
Such powers are conferred on him under section 212 of the Nigerian Constitution.
"And based on the recommendation from the State Advisory Council of the Prerogative of Mercy, I have granted total pardon to three prisoners sentenced to death and granted amnesty to nine other prisoners on death row whose sentences have now been commuted to various terms of imprisonment,” he said.
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Uduaghan disclosed he was looking into a case of 24-year-old man, who at 16 was accused of stealing a phone and was sentenced to death.
He explained that he would have granted him pardon if his family had not filed an appeal.
He therefore pleaded with the family to withdraw the appeal from the court to enable him exercise the relevant powers and grant the accused pardon, adding that any action taken would be subjudice.
He meanwhile decried the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group in the country and called on their alleged sponsors to have a rethink.
“I want to call on sponsors of Boko Haram that enough is enough, they should have a rethink, they have killed, maimed and kidnapped. Enough is enough.”
- CAJ News