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Gov. Fayemi pardons 8 prisoners, 2 brothers on death row

01 October 2013, 14:38

Ado-Ekiti - Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State granted pardon to 10 prisoners, including two brothers on death row, as part of activities to mark the country’s independence anniversary in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the reprieve that came their way was also in commemoration of the 17 years of the creation of the state.

Two of the prison inmates were brothers - Olabode Abirifon and Julius Abirifon, who were sentenced to death by the State High Court, but had their death sentence communed to life imprisonment.

The governor, in a statewide broadcast, said the duo had been on the death row for 16 years.

Eight others, Ousola Ojo, Alex Qasum, Segun Olowoyo, Simon Okewe, Opeyemi Ogundele, Joseph Adefase, Taiwo Ibikunle and Kehinde Fagbemi, who had been serving various prison terms, were released unconditionally.

Fayemi said he was exercising the power conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution and on recommendation of the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.

The governor, however, warned that criminals should not take his magnanimity as licence to continue their evil habit, saying anyone caught would be prosecuted.

He promised to continue his agenda to transform the state by taking it to greater heights.

As part of the plans, he announced approval of six per cent increase in the monthly emolument of all pensioners with effect from January 2014.

He said with effect from October, 5,000 more elderly citizens of the state would be accommodated under his administration’s Social Security Scheme to bring the total figure to 25,000.

He said another batch of 5,000 youths would be engaged under the Ekiti Youth Volunteer Corps Scheme on a N10,000 monthly allowance.

Fayemi said that 1,800 youths would be engaged under a newly-introduced Peace Corps Initiative to be launched before the end of October.



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