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
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
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
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